INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Haley Johnson's header snuck inside the post for the golden goal in overtime, sending the Milwaukee women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over IUPUI Wednesday afternoon at Carroll Stadium.
"Today was another typical Horizon League road game," head coach Troy Fabiano said. "Both teams competed from start to finish and we were fortunate to get a great finish by Haley off a fantastic ball from Gaby Schwartz."
After creating numerous opportunities to win the game in regulation, the Panthers (13-1-0, 7-0-0 Horizon League) came through 5:29 into the first extra period against the Jaguars (5-9-3, 2-4-1 Horizon League). Mackenzie Schill created the reset, pouncing on a turnover and sprinting up the field before getting fouled at the elbow of the box.
Gaby Schwartz and Johnson combined to do the rest, with Schwartz sending a perfect free kick in front of goal. Johnson was waiting to redirect it inside the far post for her sixth goal of the season and the celebration was on. The victory keeps Milwaukee perfect in league play this season while extending its unbeaten streak in regular-season league play to 23 games (21-0-2).
Following a quiet first hour for the MKE offense, the team went to work to get chances down the stretch. Johnson forced a tough save from distance in the 63rd minute, followed by McKenna Stratton hitting the crossbar when sending a corner kick back into the box less than five minutes later.
The Panthers turned the pressure up another notch, with Jelena Sever cracking one off the volley from outside the top of box to again force a nice save in the 79th minute.
Lastly, Rachel Phillpotts just missed the role of late-game hero, sending her header off service from Gaby Zabala off the crossbar in the 88th minute.
It was a slow first half as well for the Panthers, who managed just four shots in getting doubled-up in that category by the Jags by intermission. In fact, Milwaukee managed just one shot on goal in the first half – and that came in the form of a penalty kick that was saved by Sophia Lipka.
Elaina LaMacchia was called on for just two saves in the opening period – but one of them was a big one. A ball was cleared off the line following an IUPUI corner kick in the fourth minute. It was immediately played back in, forcing LaMacchia into a diving one-handed pushaway of the ball to keep it out of the net.
She finished the afternoon with those two saves after not being called upon after halftime. That gave her another shutout, her fifth of the campaign.
For the game, Milwaukee ended up with the 14-to-11 advantage in shots (7-3 on goal and 9-2 in the second half), settling for four of the 11 combined corner kicks. Sever led the offense with five shots.
The Panthers continue this road swing with a trip to take on Northern Kentucky Saturday. Game time against the Norse is set for 12 p.m. against a Norse team that is right behind MKE in the league standings at 4-1-1.