MONROE, La. – Down two goals on the road, the Nicholls State University women's soccer team rallied scoring two midway through the second half to tie it up and force overtime, eventually getting the game winning goal from Spencer Valdespino in the 93rd minute to defeat the ULM Warhawks 3-2 Friday night in Monroe.
Nicholls (2-0-1) battled through two ULM (1-3) goals in the 38th and 50th minute, but did not take long to go on the offensive and get the equalizers from the bench in Lauren O'Brien and Renee Bruns in the 52nd and 60th minute to knot the game at 2-2 with just 30 minutes remaining.
Valdespino, who led all players with seven shots and five on goal, remained relentless and in the 93rd minute fired a shot in the top right corner over the top of the goalkeeper sealing the win for the Colonels in their first road match of the season.
Nicholls was aggressive offensively, outshooting the Warhawks 21-13 during the course of the match, with nine coming in the first period and 10 in the second. Of the 21 total shots, 11 were on goal for the Colonels while ULM had seven.
Amanda Boylson started the game and had three saves for Nicholls, but Taylor Mosley (1-0) came in and played the final dozen minutes and did her part stopping two Warhawk shots to earn her first victory in a Colonel uniform.
ULM got on the board first with a penalty kick goal in the 38th minute to go up 1-0. The Warhawks struck again in the 50th minute, getting an unassisted goal off of a deflection that went into the top left corner.
With their backs against the wall, the Colonels pressed and O'Brien off the bench sprang into action scoring her first goal of the season that went off the hands of the keeper into the top right corner. Another spark off the bench came from Bruns, who's only shot of the game was crucial, scoring a top-side goal off of a deflection.
ULM then went on the attack, getting nine shots off in the second period alone, but the Nicholls defense backed by Meghan Lanteigne, Kirsten Cunningham and Amber Moore, who all played the entire match, stood strong and held ULM scoreless down the stretch.
O'Brien made her 48 total minutes count, as she assisted on the game-winning goal by Valdespino to close out the match, keeping the Colonels undefeated on the young season.
Nicholls will be back in action on Sunday afternoon, taking on the Prairie View A&M-Panthers in Texas.