LAFAYETTE, La. – The University of Denver women’s soccer team conceded an early goal, but sophomore forward Kristen Hamilton (Littleton, Colo.) equalized in the 13th minute and knocked home the game-winner in the 109th minute to lift the Pioneers to a 2-1 double overtime victory over Louisiana-Lafayette.
Sophomore forward Cassidy Larson (Eldorado Springs, Colo.) assisted Hamilton’s first goal, and sophomore midfielder Nicholette DiGiacomo (Golden, Colo.) assisted the game-winner. Junior goalkeeper Lara Campbell (Anchorage, Alaska) made two saves in the match for the Pioneers (9-2-0, 3-0-0 SBC).
“We didn’t panic after we missed some chances in overtime, remained calm and walked the winning goal into the net,” head coach Jeff Hooker said.
ULL junior forward Maci Andrus opened the scoring in the second minute with her second goal of the season for the Ragin’ Cajuns (4-7-1, 0-3-0 SBC). The goal was created on a pass from junior midfielder Kayla Henrie that freed Andrus behind the Pioneer defense, and DU found itself down a goal early.
In the 13th minute, senior midfielder Bria Beardsley (Mission Viejo, Calif.) served a corner into the box, and after a bit of a scramble Larson won the ball in the penalty area. Larson took a couple of touches, knocked the ball across the face of goal and found Hamilton who played it into the back of the net on her first touch.
Hamilton and DiGiacomo played a pair of passes to each other in the 109th minute and got Hamilton into a one-on-one situation with ULL goalkeeper Amanda Moorefield. Moorefield and the Cajun defense were under an assault all evening, as the Pioneers outshot the Ragin’ Cajuns 27-5, including 19-2 after halftime. The redshirt junior made eight saves in the match.
Hamilton has scored in the Pioneers’ last three matches.
The Pioneers have won three-straight and four of the last five meetings with the Ragin’ Cajuns by a score of 2-1.
DU survived a scare in the 106th minute when Henrie beat Campbell off a corner, but headed an arching shot off the crossbar and the Pioneers’ defense was able to clear it before the Ragin’ Cajuns could get on the end of the rebound.
Denver will continue its Louisiana road trip against Louisiana-Monroe on Sunday at 11 a.m. MT.