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Published: October 4, 2011
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Notre Dame continued their early season travels with a 3-2 overtime victory over Davenport (Mich.) at Turf Field. Notre Dame improved to 4-1-0, while the Lady Panthers drop to 6-3-0 on the season. (Box) Junior forward, Lauren Acker tallied two goals – her fifth and sixth of the season – in the 11th and 99th minute, while senior midfielder, Anic McKay registered her eighth collegiate goal – first of the season - in the 81st minute. Sophomore goalkeeper Kristy Kolschetzky registered seven saves earning the win. “We came out well in the first half and felt we could have scored another,” Mike Shiels, Notre Dame head coach, commented. The Falcons scored early in the contest when Lauren Kobylik found fellow junior Lauren Acker at the 10:35 mark, giving the visitors a, 1-0 lead. Through the opening 45 minutes NDC would dominate the match outshooting the hosts 10-4, and hold a 2-0 edge in corner kicks, but would go into the break holding the single goal lead. “Davenport came out very aggressive in the second half but we still had several good chances. When it didn''t happen they got the momentum back and grabbed two goals,” Shiels noted. The game really opened up at that point and we snatched one back.” The second period of regulation would see the Lady Panthers battle back gaining that momentum. Davenport would see Abbie Prince score her third goal of 2011 when she received a nice dish from Letesha Cannonier drawing the score level at the 68:38 mark. Less than seven minutes later the Davenport duo would connect again, this time with Cannonier on the receiving end. The Leeds, England, native tucked away her seventh collegiate goal giving DU a chance to march forward victorious. The Blue & White quickly responded, however. Annic McKay jumped on a Christina Schmidt corner kick and buried her first of 2011 to level the score at the 80:36 mark. Through the final moments of regulation the two squads would search for the decisive advantage. Notre Dame''s first chance game courtesy of sophomore midfielder Callan Camin in the 82nd minute, but the Beachwood, Ohio, natives chance would be smothered by Davenport goalkeeper Catherine Howard. The Lady Panthers would earn a corner kick at the 82:25 mark that saw Cannonier''s chance thwarted by Kolschetzky. Freshman defender, Jayonda Pullens would be whistled for an infraction at the 83:24 mark giving DU a free kick. Cannonier''s strike sailed wide of goal at the 83:32 mark with the score still level, 2-2. The second period would end with back-to-back saves by Howard on shots by Katie Christensen and Lauren Acker. Through regulation the Falcons held a distinct 20-12 advantage in shots and a slight 6-4 lead in corner kicks. With the first overtime winding down Davenport would be called for a foul and the Falcons would take the victory when Lauren Acker tickled the twine with her 98:51 free kick strike beating Howard for the Notre Dame, 3-2, overtime victory. “Lauren (Acker) took the free kick incredibly well to finish the comeback.” Stated head coach Mike Shiels. The loss ends a two match winning streak for Davenport as they will travel to the Union University tournament next weekend in Jackson, Tenn ... Letesha Cannonier, the reigning WHAC Player of the Week, now has four goals and three assists in her last three games The win extends Notre Dame''s streak to three games as they will continue their road swing Thursday at 7 p.m. at Krenzler Field when they face the Vikings of Cleveland State. CSU comes into the match with a 5-3-0 record after falling to Milwaukee. That loss snapped a three game winning streak that included Ohio University and Bowling Green. NOTES FROM THE NEST…. ATT(ACKER): Lauren Acker has played in 41 matches with 40 starts. Made her first career start, Sept. 6, 2008, in a, 1-0, win at St. Xavier. The Westlake, Ohio, native leads the 2011 squad in goals (6), and points (15). Her two assists rank second on the team … has scored all six goals in three-two-goal games … scored a personal best nine goals and provided three assists on 44 shots while leading the team with six game winning goals and two overtime goals in 2009. Scored her first career brace in overtime, 2-1, win, Oct. 3, 2009. OVER OVER TIME: Notre Dame has played seven over time games in their last two seasons ... in 2010 the Falcons went 1-1-4 in over time ... each of those games went to the second over time period ... through their last 11 over time games dating back to to Sept. 13, 2009 the Blue & White are 5-2-4 ... Lauren Acker scored both goals including game winner in overtime Oct. 3, 2009, in a 2-1 win at Cedarville ... those goals started a streak of nine straight games (Oct. 3-Nov. 8) with at least a goal or assist ... Acker also scored overtime game winner Oct. 31, 2009, in a 2-1 win over Daemen (N.Y.).
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