By Daniel Whitehead
CHICAGO—Hoping to clinch a postseason tournament title against two other NCAA provisional programs, the Southern Virginia University women's soccer team fell to Nebraska Wesleyan by a 1-0 score in double overtime Saturday night in Chicago, Ill.
Hosted by the Illinois Institute of Technology, which the Knights (7-11-1) defeated Friday evening to advance to Saturday's matchup with the Prairie Wolves (10-3-6), the game was decided with only three minutes before the double overtime period expired and the match be forced into a shootout.
In the double overtime period, Nebraska Wesleyan's Ashlee Slade scored the goal unassisted to lift the Prairie Wolves to the 1-0 win.
Led by Slade and teammate Maggie Bianco with six shot attempts apiece, Nebraska Wesleyan outshot the Knights by a 19-6 margin and had five shots on frame to Southern Virginia's two. The Prairie Wolves also had a 3-0 corner kick advantage.
Nebraska Wesleyan goalie Madi Francis earned the win to improve to 10-3-6, while the Knights' MaKenzie Cox fell to 7-11-1.