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Sierra Bell Scores In OT; Owls Win Homecoming Thriller

Sierra Bell Scores In OT; Owls Win Homecoming Thriller

Swannanoa, N.C. – The Warren Wilson College women's soccer team earned a 3-2 victory over the visiting Hiwassee Tigers today in front of a great Homecoming crowd.

The Owls started off strong spending the majority of the first half in the Tigers' defensive end. Ten of the 14 shots were not on frame and the Owls struggled to find the back of the net. Hiwassee took advantage of their 4 attempts in the first half and scored in the 39th minute of the match giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead going into halftime.

Second half was similar to the first in that the Owls dominated play. They eventually leveled the game 1-1 in the 60th minute when freshman Chloe Riess found junior Allyson Nestler. The Tigers would not back down and again take advantage of few opportunities and took the lead at the 75th minute mark. Nestler would step up big for the Owls just ten minutes later, adding her fifth goal of the season to tie the game at 2-2.

The game would remain tied at the end of regulation and the Owls headed into overtime. With the momentum and support of the crowd, the Owls scored just minutes into the first overtime period when sophomore Sierra Bell drilled a shot that beat the Tigers goalkeeper.

"Sometimes the game isn't pretty and things just didn't seem to go our way today but you know they found a way to win. The crowd lifted us and you could sense a goal was coming. We have a quick turnaround now, playing Monday against a good Toccoa Falls team so we have to recover and prepare mentally," said head coach Lydia Vandenbergh.

The Owls outshot the Tigers 27-7. Sophomore goalkeeper Susie Lusardi tallied 3 saves. The Owls return to play home Monday, October 8 against Toccoa Falls College at 4pm.