NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – First-year Lainey Shock scored the golden goal in the 92nd minute to propel the Manchester University women’s soccer team to a thrilling 1-0 overtime victory visiting Huntington University on Tuesday evening.
The Spartans were able to keep the Foresters off of the scoreboard during regulation to force extra time.
An early foul in overtime by the Foresters setup a free kick for the Black & Gold. Sophomore Peyton Horn (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean) whipped the free kick into the box that eventually found the foot of Lainey Shock (North Manchester, Ind./Manchester), who was able to squeeze a shot into the upper left corner of the net past Huntington goalkeeper Ireland Aerni to lift the Spartans to their first win of the season.
Huntington outshot the Spartans 15-5 on the day, however, Manchester was able to score when it mattered most.
Both Becca Colbert (Porter, Ind./Chesterton) and Cate Bennett (Hartford City, Ind./Blackford) split time in goal for Manchester and combined for nine saves en route to a clean sheet. Colbert made six saves in the opening half. Bennett made three saves on the day.
The win was the first career coaching victory for new Manchester coach Katie Mitchell.
The Spartans (1-1) will have eight days in between their next contest. The Black & Gold will travel to Calvin University on Wednesday September 15. Next Wednesday’s match against the Knights is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.