The Lady Bears soccer team battled the Illinois State Redbirds into overtime, but fell 1-0.

The first half of the game had many near goals such as senior forward Kennady Orlick’s shot in the sixth minute that went too far right.

Senior midfielder Natalie Vaughn-Low took a few shots on goal for the Redbirds, but ultimately none hit the right spot. 

Neither team was able to score in the first 45, but tried to change that in the second.

Redbirds junior midfielder Katharine Ashley almost scored with the shot right off the start of the second half but the ball was barely saved by the Bears.

Later a breakaway shot attempt by junior forward Allison Baker was taken away by Bears sophomore goalie Katherine Montgomery.

Montgomery had a huge save against another Baker powerhouse kick in the 56th.

A corner kick in the 69th set up junior midfielder Katherine Felton for a Redbirds goal, but Montgomery had the save once again. 

The Bears had the same idea, but it led to a shot over goal by freshman midfielder Kaeli Benedict in the 72nd.

Montgomery picked off another shot in the 75th. 

The last 15 minutes were back and forth possession changes between the Redbirds and the Bears and at the end of regulation, both teams were still nil-nil.

The Redbirds freshman forward Haley Glover only needed 25 extra seconds and scored in the 91st, ending the game 0-1. 

“It’s a heartbreaker, we definitely had the momentum at moments,” Montgomery said. “This is a learning curve for us, we have to put the ball forward, we can’t afford to go back.”

“We need to score goals, we weren’t very good in the attack,” head coach Rob Brewer said. 

The Lady Bears now move to 4-4-3 on the season and will play Valparaiso Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. at the Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium.


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