MEQUON, Wis. – Through five matches this season the Concordia University Wisconsin women's soccer team has already had two memorable game-winning goals, both scored with under 11 minutes remaining.
Sophomore Emily Ciesielcyzk (Waukesha, Wis.) scored at the 81:20 mark in a 4-3 win over Lake Forest College last Saturday. Her goal came just 13 seconds after LFC tied the match at 3-3. Junior Anna Hirssig (Rochester, Minn.) followed that with a game-winning header at the 79:55 mark of a 2-1 win over North Park University Wednesday. Hirssig scored off a free kick from sophomore Gabrielle Ulik (West Allis, Wis.).
CUWFalcons.com decided to research the history of game-winning over the past few seasons. Here are some of the highlights found.
1) CUW has a nice history of scoring late game-winning goals against its opponent for Saturday, St. Norbert College. The Falcons have scored a game-winning goal in the second half against the Green Knights in four straight seasons, including an own goal in last year's 2-1 victory. In 2011, the Falcons scored three goals over the final 30 minutes of play, including the game-winner from Hannah Brehmer at the 62:55 mark. Her game-winning goal also completed a hat trick.
The 2010 season also saw some late-game heroics for CUW, as Lauren Straehler scored with 19:09 left in the match to give her team a 2-1 victory. In 2009 it was Brehmer who broke a 3-3 tie at the 79:03 mark. The Falcons added two more goals over the final 10 minutes in the 2009 matchup, giving them a 6-3 victory.
2) Last season, Brittany Klumpp (Rubicon, Wis.) netted seven game-winning goals, which is a single season record for the Falcons since the 2003 season. The most memorable of the seven came in the opening round of the NACC Tournament, as she scored with 1:49 remaining, breaking a scoreless tie with Dominican University.
3) Straehler holds the career mark for CUW, as she recorded 14 game-winners during her storied career. Last season she scored just 31 seconds in double overtime in a thrilling 3-2 victory over North Park University.