Lindsay Gerber, CMUChippewas.com
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Central Michigan soccer coach Peter McGahey often talks about grit and determination.
On Sunday, he saw it from his team.
Madison Costner scored just over five minutes into overtime to give the McGahey's Central Michigan soccer team a dramatic 2-1 non-conference win over Loyola in the final game of the Marquette Invitational.
The victory came two days after the Chippewas dropped a 1-0 decision to a very good Marquette squad. It was the third win in the last four starts for CMU (3-2-1).
"The character and the resolve the team showed tonight, the grit and the determination, to overcome a late goal in the first half, which sometimes is hard to do," McGahey said. "It was a very good team victory tonight that showed a lot of character. It's a win that can really be formative for the season. Fantastic result for our team."
Mary Carlson gave CMU the lead with her first goal of the season at the 10:44 minute mark, assisted by Madison Pogarch. The Wolves responded with a goal on a Taylor Lambouris corner kick, which knotted the game less than three minutes before halftime.
"The identity that the team is displaying - it's a never-quit," McGahey said. "They responded really well well from Friday, after losing to a team that's top 25, maybe top 30. Nothing's free and we earned tonight."
Junior goalkeeper Zoie Reed had eight saves for the Chippewas. Maddie Ford went the distance in goal for Loyola, also posting eight saves.
CMU, which is 2-0-1 in overtime this season, finished with a 19-15 shot advantage.
Lexi Pelafas and Haddie Carlson each asssted on Costner's game-winner. It was Costner's team-leading fourth goal of the season.
The Chippewas play host to Detroit Mercy (2-3-1) on Sunday, Sept. 10 (1 p.m.).