SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- After a multitude of near-misses through the first handful of games, Heidelberg University women's soccer player Abigail Callahan finally found the back of the net when it counted.
Callahan's golden goal in the 107th minute capped a frantic 3-2 come-from-behind victory for the Student Princes over host Lawrence Tech. HU, now 4-2 on the season, forced extra time by scoring twice in the final 10 minutes of the match.
"We talked about having a mentality that we will succeed and keep pushing for 90 minutes," said Heidelberg Head Coach Nick Spell. "It took a little longer today!"
Lawrence Tech went up early with a Tia Lamie goal in the third minute. The Blue Devils maintained their lead into their second half before extending it in the 81st minute. Lauren Wasiak beat HU goalkeeper Alexandra Farmer at the 80:43 mark.
It didn't take long for the Berg rally to commence.
Off a feed from Danielle Rathfon, Erica Campbell beat the Blue Devil keeper with a shot from the right side at the 80:48 mark -- a mere five seconds after Wasiak's goal. For Campbell, it was her fourth goal of the year, tenth of her career.
Less than two minutes later, McKenzie Perry found the equalizer, heading in ball off a Campbell corner kick.
After neither team could score in the remainder of regulation or the first overtime period, the stage was set for Callahan's heroics.
Kate Mundy sent in a cross from the far side. Callahan claimed it and knocked it past Megan Dixon for the game-winner. Of her five career goals, four have been game winners.
"Today was a testament to the depth of our team," said Spell, whose squad was without four regulars. "Our bench came in and really gave us the energy and possession we were missing."
Farmer made eight saves as the Blue Devils levied 21 shots her way. Fullbacks Mundy and Perry played all 106 minutes, each coming away with a point.
Heidelberg returns to action on Sunday. They'll face Mount St. Joseph at 3:30 p.m. The Heidelberg men's soccer team faces MSJ at 1 p.m., prior to the women's contest.