MOUNT VERNON – Grinnell recorded the golden goal deep into the first overtime to edge the host Rams, 2-1, in a Midwest Conference women's soccer battle of evenly-matched teams Tuesday night.
Cornell (3-2 overall, 0-1 MWC) gave up the decisive score in traffic near the Ram goal with 32 seconds remaining in the extra 10-minute period. Pauline Zheng found the corner of the net off an assist from Abby Jaeger to propel the Pioneers (4-2, 1-0).
The young Rams more than held their own against a Grinnell squad that has qualified for the MWC Tournament each of the past two seasons. The sudden end snapped a three-match winning streak for Cornell.
Both teams struck for an early goal and then battled for more than 84 scoreless minutes. Grinnell punched in the first marker 11 minutes into the contest. The Rams responded four minutes later, getting an unassisted goal from freshman Bethany Stivers that made it 1-1. It was Stivers' sixth score of the season.
The Rams matched the Pioneers in total shots, 7-7. Grinnell had the lone two attempts in overtime.
Senior goalkeeper Chelsea Harris finished with three saves for the Rams. Grinnell's opening goal ended an impressive 282-minute scoreless streak by Harris, who had posted three consecutive shutout wins.
Coming up – The Rams are back home for a pair of conference matches this weekend. Cornell takes on Carroll (3-3, 0-0 MWC) for an 11 a.m. kickoff Saturday, and then welcomes Lake Forest (5-2, 0-0 MWC) at 11 a.m. on Sunday.