Women's Soccer Upsets Raiders

Simpson University Sports News


ASHLAND, Ore. - If Simpson University women’s soccer can be compared to any childhood story it would have to be Cinderella, and just as the original story goes, the glass slipper still fits! Simpson University upset the larger and more scholarship laden Southern Oregon University Raiders in Ashland, Ore., on Fri., Sept. 18.

Simpson got a goal from junior Courtney Opie. Southern Oregon matched that with a goal from Auika Muragin. Both goals came in the first half; both were the only goals of regulation for either team. The tension around the field was almost palpable as the pressure mounted for the larger Southern Oregon to dispense the smaller Simpson Red Hawks. As the fading minutes of regulation ticked off the clock and overtime loomed in the distance, the Red Hawks began to believe that an upset could be possible.

The question for Simpson was who would step up and how were they going to score. The Raiders had a 17-7 shot advantage over the Red Hawks, but only a slim 8-7 advantage of shots on goal. The final shot came from sophomore Melissa Melloni, who scored the fatal overtime goal when a cross meant for junior Karissa Hansen ricocheted off her leg at the 18-yard mark. Southern Oregon goalie Jessica Kuehlwein was caught out of position anticipating a Hansen shot. Melloni then fired “the shot heard round Ashland,” that sealed the fate of the Raiders and exemplified the caliber of play that Simpson has been working for all year. Simpson now looks to ride the tremendous wave of momentum into their next game against conference foe Mills College on Fri., Sept. 25 at the Simpson soccer field. Kick-off is at 1 p.m.

Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.
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