The University of Minnesota, Morris women's soccer team opened up play on the road Wednesday, and after battling back to tie the game in regulation, lost 2-1 in overtime to the College of St. Benedict.
The Blazers got on the board first, with a goal just over 30 minutes into the match. At the 31:43 mark, Clare Murn put St. Ben's up 1-0, with assists from Olson Paige.
The Cougars were able to tie the match shortly after with a scoring strike of their own. Melissa Denler was able to corral a loose ball in front of the net and notch the unassisted tally early in the second half. Denler's goal marked the only shot of the game for the Cougars, as UMM made the most of its chances against a stout Blazer defense.
Tied at 1-1, the score would remain there for the rest of regulation, but not without the best shot of the Blazers. St. Ben's fired off 15 shots in the second half alone, with 10 landing on net. For the game, the Blazers took 30 total shots and had 18 land on frame.
Cougar goalkeeper Emily Jacob was up to the task all night, stopping 16 shots, including the barrage in the second half, to preserve the tie and send the game into the extra session.
The Blazers won the game in the 99th minute, with just 28 seconds left in the first overtime.
The season-opening loss leaves the Cougars with a 0-1 mark on the young season, while St. Ben's starts off 2010 at 1-0. The Cougars will get to take their home field on Saturday when they host Hamline at 2 p.m. at Cougar field.