The Spring Hill College women's soccer team (5-1) slipped past Thomas University by the score of 4-3 in a double overtime thriller to open the annual Thomas University Invitational on Friday afternoon. With just 32 seconds showing on the game clock, Badgers junior All-GCAC forward Kasey Pruett dribbled by two defensive players and drilled an unassisted goal past a diving keeper to send Spring Hill off with the victory.
The tournament host Nighthawks (1-6) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the game's 4th minute, but Spring Hill's senior midfielder Sarah Engels tied the game in the 32nd minute by taking the ball away from a Thomas forward and driving a shot past the Nighthawk goalie.
Thomas answered back immediately with a second goal in the 33rd minute, but the Badgers answered the challenge with the first of three goals on the day by Pruett, who cleaned up a rebounded shot attempt in the 43rd minute.
Then, as the first half clock was counting down, Thomas took a desperation shot from well over thirty yards away that somehow managed to float over the outstretched hands of SHC goalkeeper Kayla McCrory, making the score 3-2 in favor of the home team.
Pruett, however, would not be denied. In the 65th minute, she tied the match at 3-3 off a pass from Engels, setting up her own overtime heroics. "Our team just would not give up today," commented Coach Adam Pearce. "They didn't back down even when they were struggling."
The Lady Badgers will remain in Thomasville to play Flagler College (2-3) on Sunday at 1 p.m.