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Stephens' Heroics Boost Women's Soccer Past Mary Baldwin In Extra Time

Stephens' Heroics Boost Women's Soccer Past Mary Baldwin In Extra Time

STAUNTON, Va. - Senior Courtney Stephens put on an offensive show on Wednesday afternoon, scoring two goals including the game winner in overtime to push the Marymount University women's soccer team past Mary Baldwin college, 2-1. 

The Saints were put to the test early, with the Fighting Squirrels have the first opportunity in the sixth minute, redirecting a header on target that sophomore Maia Pappadakis pulled in for her first save of three for the game. 

Mary Baldwin had three more shots, all of which weren't on target, before MU found some movement on the offensive side. At 19:03, a foul by the Fighting Squirrels inside the 18-yard box put the Saints at the penalty mark with a chance to take the lead. However, a shot by senior Gabby Cabrales was reeled in by keeper Anyka Wilkin to keep the game scoreless.

Just over 25 minutes in, the Fighting Squirrels found the back of the net to take a 1-0 advantage. But, that lead was erased 15 minutes later when Stephens played a ball into the box and collected for a quick shot and a 1-1 score to take to the break. 

Although there were 18 total shots in the second half of play, both goalkeepers held strong to push the match into extra time. 

It didn't take much extra time though to decide the winner of the match, as Stephens went unassisted on an attempt just 44 seconds into the first overtime to put away the game winner. It was the first time since her freshman season that Stephens had a two-goal game, scoring two against Notre Dame (Md.) back on September 21, 2016. 

For the game, the Saints outshot the Fighting Squirrels, 27-16, with 14 on target. 

Marymount continues on the road on Sunday, September 22, traveling to Ashland, Virginia for a non-conference tilt with Randolph-Macon College. Start time is set for 1 p.m.