Mercer Hits Game-Winner to Top Randolph in Overtime Thriller

Mercer hits the game-winner against Randolph
Mercer hits the game-winner against Randolph

By Nick Porter

BUENA VISTA, Va. –  It took overtime to decide Tuesday night's match, which was seemingly dominated by the Knights. Despite outshooting the Wildcats 23-4, the game-winning goal wasn't scored until the 100th minute.

For the second match in a row, Southern Virginia (2-4-1) forced overtime after conceding the opening goal. This time, however, the Knights were able to score in extra time to pull off the 2-1 win.  

Randolph's (2-3-1) goal in the 17th minute of the game was also the team's first shot of the night, coming from a long pass across the field.

The Knights weren't able to answer back until late in the second half, despite having ten shots on goal in the first 83 minutes and dominating the attack. Alli Rigby found the back of the net in the 84th minute on a pass from Kylie Auger to tie the game at one and force extra time.

Southern Virginia rattled off four shots in overtime, before Taylor Mercer connected on a Kora Jewell pass for the game-winning goal. The left-footed shot was deflected up by the Randolph keeper, but bounced right into the net.

Mercer led the team with seven shots (five on goal), Jewell and Auger each recorded four shots.

Meredith Ouellette earned the win in her first collegiate start after debuting in the second half against Averett last game.

Anne Powell, Kyra Tolbert, Kylee Heiner, Maddie Monzon, and Elyssa Winterton locked down the back line, limiting Randolph to just four shots.

The Knights head into Capital Athletic Conference play on Saturday, hosting Salisbury University at 5:30 p.m.