The Culver-Stockton College women's soccer team netted three unanswered goals to overcome a 2-0 deficit and defeat Viterbo University (Wis.) 3-2 at NX Level Field inside Ellison Poulton Stadium late Saturday afternoon.
The Wildcats fell behind 1-0 in the first two minutes of the game when a hand ball in the penalty area gave the V-Hawks a penalty kick, which Nicole D'Ambrose converted. The visitors added their second goal in the 20th minute when Taylor Sommers dribbled through the Wildcat defense and beat goalkeeper Kehley Bitzas.
C-SC cut the lead in half just before halftime as Jamie Gilley intercepted a clearing opportuntiy deep in the Viterbo end and blasted a low line drive that deflected off a V-Hawk defender and past the goalkeeper in the 40th minute for her first goal of the season.
The Wildcats got the equalizer early in the second half in an unusual way.
Maggie Houska struck a re-start toward the V-Hawk goal. Leah Miller tried to get a head on the attempt but missed. The ball clanked off the left post and trickled just over the goal line before goalkeeper Abbt Breaitbach could grab it. The goal was Houska's first of the season.
The go-ahead and eventual game-winning goal came in the 69th minute as Gilley found Miller with a pass. Miller moved to the center of the field and teed up a rocket that beat the Viterbo goalkeeper inside the right post for her fourth goal of the season and the 17th goal of her career.
The V-Hawks outshot the Wilcats 13-9 but both teams attempted five shots each in the second half. Bitzas calmed down after the initial barrage and ended up making four saves in the match. Viterbo also held a 6-2 edge in corner kicks.
The Wildcats, who have won three in a row after dropping their season opener to Missouri Baptist, is now 3-1 overall. C-SC is scheduled to play at Saint Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, this Wednesday, Sept. 13. Game time is slated for 5 p.m.