ST. PAUL, Minn. -- On paper, it was a very good result. But the Sabercats left the University of Northwestern feeling gypped after a late goal cost them the game.
- Result: Maranatha 2-3 Northwestern
- Venue: Reynolds Field, University of Northwestern
- Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
- Attendance: 60
- Record: MBU (1-1-0), UNW (1-2-0)
The Eagles announced their intentions just 12 minutes in when Megan Moeller drilled a shot from the corner of the box into the top corner to give the hosts the lead.
Just past the half-hour mark, Estefani Hanson let loose from 25 yards and saw her effort slam off the post before going in. The Eagles had brought their firepower and they looked menacing on their home field.
But just like that, the Sabercats answered again. Alexis Sponable sent a through ball in on goal for Amy Montgomery, who finished into the bottom-left corner from inside the box. It was Sponable's second assist of the season, Montgomery's second goal, and the Sabercats had survived the Eagle's attack by leveling the score before halftime.
The Eagles were in the mood to score, but just when it seemed like their second-half onslaught was pointless, Amanda Kocurek slammed in the finishing touches on a 3-2 win with less than four minutes left. Sponable had a chance to tie it up a minute later, but UNW's goalkeeper made a save that would ultimately save the game. At the end of a hard-fought 90 minutes, the Eagles had secured their first win of the season in dramatic fashion.
MBU Starters: 0- Wright, 6- Montgomery (C), 8-Bishop, 11- Torres, 13- Bagin (C), 14- Sponable (C), 15- Massey, 16-Vander Pluym, 17- Moses, 19- Steuerwald, 20- Hassenplug
- Series: this was the first matchup in the all-time series
- Northwestern is affiliated with the NCAA DIII and the NCCAA
- Northwestern competes in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
- Northwestern finished last year with an 11-11 record and a loss in the UMAC Championship
The Sabercats will travel to St. Paul, Minnesota to take on Northwestern (NCAA DIII) next Thursday at 5:00 p.m. Find gameday details at mbusabercats.com/schedule.