October 19th, 2015

AHS alum Marino scores golden goal for Knights

Adam Pruiett

Bellarmine University Assistant S.I.D

AHS alum Marino scores golden goal for Knights
Polly Marino sinks the game-winning goal in overtime against Truman State / photo provided by Bellarmine athletics

After Friday's 3-0 loss to Quincy ended his squad's long unbeaten streak, Bellarmine University Women's Soccer Coach Chris Tinius believed how the Knights responded over the following two days would reveal more about his unit than any previous match this season.

He got his answer Sunday, and it's safe to say it was favorable.

In a matchup of Great Lakes Valley Conference co-leaders, the 13th-ranked Knights got a "golden goal" from freshman midfielder Polly Marino in overtime as BU registered a critical 1-0 victory over No. 22 Truman State.

Bellarmine (13-1-1, 10-1-1 GLVC) saw its program-record 13-game unbeaten streak end against the Hawks, but the Knights were the spoilers on Sunday, squashing the 12-game unbeaten run of the Bulldogs (9-2-4, 8-1-3).

"That was a fantastic bounce-back win against a good Truman State team," Tinius said. "Credit the girls for fighting through fatigue and disappointment from Friday to get a big result."

The match was a seesaw affair, with Bellarmine controlling much of the first half while Truman State was more in command after the intermission. Still, neither team was able to locate the net in regulation.

That changed for Bellarmine in the overtime session. From the right wing, freshman forward Audrey Van Der Elst made a cross that a Truman State defender headed right at Marino at the top of the goal box. Marino, right of center, gathered the ball and laced a shot inside the far post, setting off a delirious celebration as her teammates mobbed her.

"I thought the quality of our play was pretty good for a Sunday game on a difficult overall weekend," Tinius said. "We possessed well at times, but didn't look overly dangerous. But it takes one chance at the right moment, and we found that in overtime."

After allowing one goal all season, Bellarmine had a rough outing against Quincy but got right back on track against Truman State. The Knights recorded their 13th shutout in 15 matches, with sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Smith corralling two saves.

Bellarmine tallied a 13-8 advantage in shots, but most — nine — came in the first half. That was also similar of a 9-2 edge in shots on frame.

Bellarmine seniors Darcy Egan, Kate Fitzgerald, Jordan Major, Erin Ottman and Brandi Schwartz were honored on Senior Day before the match.

Things don't get easier for the Knights. They will travel to surging Missouri-St. Louis on Friday.

"I'm very happy that we could get this win for our seniors," Tinius said. "They deserve to enjoy this day and cap it off with a victory. We know there is more this team can accomplish, so hopefully we can earn the seniors a few more games on their home field."


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