NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- Sometimes even great just isn’t enough.
That’s the way goalkeeper Mikayla Coulombe (Fy./Crystal, Minn./Benilde-St.Margaret’s) played today, spearheading the Knights defense and recording a career-high eight saves. It proved to be in vain as the Carleton College women’s soccer team suffered a heartbreaking loss to the College of Saint Benedict, 1-0 in double overtime.
Carleton (4-3-0, 0-2 MIAC) and Saint Benedict (3-1-1, 2-0 MIAC) played neck and neck during regular time, with the Blazers holding a slim 11-8 margin on shots throughout the first 90 minutes. Despite close opportunities from both sides, the Carleton women found themselves in overtime for the first time this season.
During the first overtime, the Blazers started off with the momentum, recording three shots, all turned aside by Coulombe, in the first three minutes of the extra period. The Knights then managed to turn things around, with Marlena Hartman-Filson (Sr./Evergreen, Colo./Colorado Academy) taking a shot that forced a diving save out of the Blazers’ keeper Megan Favorite. Hartman-Filson also had an opportunity in the closing minutes of the period to send a cross through the left side of the box but saw that a Saint Benedict player was injured inside the box and made the sporting play to put the ball out the sideline. The cross that almost was never materialized and a crucial late opportunity was lost as time in the period expired. The Saint Benedict player regained her feet and was unhurt.
In second overtime, the game came down the final moments. In the 108th minute, Colleen Bouchard collected an airborne ball at the edge of the six and rocketed the ball at the net. Coulombe dove in front of it and deflected the shot away. It would be her final save of the game as the Blazers’ Alyssa Hoffman chipped the ball up in the air, lifting it into the net.
"It was a really hard-fought game on both sides; it just didn't go our way,” said Carleton head coach Jocelyn Keller. “There's no time to feel bad about it. we've got to get right back out there tomorrow."
Carleton hosts Luther College on Sunday afternoon as part of a double-header with the men’s soccer team. The women will now take the field at 2 p.m. Live stats and video coverage for both games will be provided by Knights Online.