Women's College Soccer

Hawks find perfect way to complete comeback

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 6, 2018 12:01 am

QUINCY -- The perfect setup deserved the perfect finish.

It finally meant the perfect reaction to a deficit by the Quincy University women's soccer team as well.

Eight minutes into overtime Friday night against Southern Indiana at Legends Stadium, the Hawks' Baylee Smith redirected a corner kick from Abby Pulliam into the net for the winning goal in a 2-1 come-from-behind victory in Great Lakes Valley Conference play.

It is the first time this season Quincy (6-4-1, 4-2-1 GLVC) has rallied from a deficit to win.

"It was such a good feeling," said Smith, a junior midfielder. "Just to know the team did it together is huge. It's such a good team effort and good win. It felt great to get that ‘dub.'"

With the amount of pressure QU created, something good eventually was bound to happen.

The Hawks outshot the Screaming Eagles 12-4 in the second half and 2-0 in overtime. That included two shots and two corner kicks in the final seven minutes of regulation.

"Our biggest downfall this season is we haven't exactly taken advantage of opportunities in games when we are performing at our best," QU coach Marc Hager said. "We talked about belief at halftime, believing there were more chances for us, believing somebody was going to step up and be the hero.

"Everybody was a hero tonight, but two of them deservedly got themselves on the scoresheet."

Smith was one, but Cassidy Foley was the first.

Trailing 1-0 at halftime -- only the second time this season QU hadn't scored the first goal of the game -- the Hawks created four quality scoring opportunities in the first 15 minutes of the half. It wasn't until the 64th minute that the pressure paid dividends.

Foley collected the ball from Maddie Bauer at the top of the penalty area and laced a shot into the lower right side of the net to tie the game at 1. It was Foley's team-leading sixth goal of the season.

"I was getting a little frustrated," Foley said. "Abby gave me a really good pass in the first half and I didn't capitalize on the opportunity. I just kept believing in what I knew and just trying to find an opportunity. I struck one good."

So did Pulliam on the final sequence.

After the Hawks earned a corner, Pulliam played the ball into the penalty area where Lauren Crane flicked a header toward the far post where Smith was standing. She one-touched the shot into the net for her first goal of the season.

"I saw a perfect ball coming across the middle," Smith said. "It was the perfect height for me to tap it right in. It was such a good ball. She bent it in perfect."

Quincy 2, Southern Indiana 1

USI QU

11 Shots 20

5 Saves 3

3 Corners 8

12 Fouls 11

1 Offsides 1

Southern Indiana 1 0 0--1

Quincy 0 1 1--2

USI--Emilie Blomenkamp (Lyndsee Monac), 32:10

Q--Cassidy Foley (Maddie Bauer), 64:07

Q--Baylee Smith (Abby Pulliam, Lauren Crane), 98:00

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