CHICAGO, Ill. -- Mount Mercy went on a two-state road trip to open the women's soccer season, defeating Holy Cross (Ind.) with a Golden Goal in overtime on Thursday before losing at Roosevelt (Ill.) on Friday.
After missing last season due to injury, sophomore midfielder Kristin Thom was back in the lineup on Thursday and scored the first goal of the season for the Mustangs on an assist from freshman midfielder Ashli O'Shea in the first minute of the match.
The Saints (0-1-0) scored twice before intermission, but O'Shea was at it again early in the second half, setting up junior forward Danielle Herdliska for the equalizer in the 50th minute.
In overtime, it was Herdliska again, scoring her second straight goal with help from senior midfielder Jessica Glasgow just two minutes into the extra period. Freshman goalkeeper Elizabeth Steffe stopped six shots in her collegiate debut for the Mustangs.
Mount Mercy had another tight game on Friday, but this time it was a late score by Roosevelt that gave the Lakers a 2-1 victory. A scoreless first period gave way to an active second half. Roosevelt got on the board first in the 52nd minute, but Glasgow answered via an assist from Thom just four minutes later to square the match at 1-1.
The game-winner for the Lakers (1-0-0) came in the 74th minute. Roosevelt out-shot Mount Mercy (1-1-0), 20-9, overall. They put 10 shots on goal, with Steffe making eight saves to keep the Mustangs in the match.
Mount Mercy will be back in action on Saturday, Aug. 31, when they travel to Milwaukee, Wis., to take on Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) at 1:00 p.m.