Ruark Strikes to Sink BenU in Double Overtime

Ruark Strikes to Sink BenU in Double Overtime

LISLE, Illinois – For the second-straight match, freshman Jill Ruark scored the game's lone goal in overtime to lead the MSOE women's soccer team to a 1-0 road victory, this time over Benedictine Saturday evening at the Lisle Sports Complex.

Ruark's latest golden goal came in the 104th minute and gave the Raiders (9-7, 6-2 NACC) a second extra-time win in Illinois this week. They defeated Concordia Chicago 1-0 Wednesday before today's victory over the Eagles (7-8, 4-4 NACC).

Freshman Jessica Jefferson notched the assist on the game-winning play. Junior Allison Lessila actually started the play out of the back as the keeper collected a long through-ball attempt by the home side. She looked to jump-start the counter-attack with a hard throw down the center of the field to Jefferson in the midfield. The Colorado native surveyed the scene before lifting a ball over the Eagle defense to a streaking Ruark, who calmly finished the breakaway goal for the winner.

MSOE pushed forward throughout the overtime periods, gaining a 3-1 shot advantage over the first extra period and scoring on the second shot of the second OT. Both teams took 13 shots in the match, with the Raiders holding slight advantages of 6-5 in shots on goal and 3-2 in corner kicks.

Lessila and junior Abbie Lorenz combined on the team's eighth shutout of the season in goal. Lorenz made the start and stopped three shots in the first half. Lessila played the final 58-plus minutes and preserved the clean sheet with two saves.

The Raiders carry a five-match winning streak into action Wednesday when they will host Concordia Wisconsin at Viets Field.