The No. 18-ranked Concordia women entered Thursday, September 13 against No. 12 Cal State San Marcos 0-2 in overtime games. When the contest at Eagles field went to OT, it took exactly 4:14 seconds to change that trend. Felicia Franco's high sailing free kick found the head of forward Megan Daniels who headed it home through the right side for the 1-0 upset win.
The teams had drawn to a stalemate at that point, with the chances for both teams being few and far between. CU outshot CSUSM 14-7, but only 7-5 in shots on goal. Bekah Garvin had five saves for CU to improve to 4-2 and earn her second individual shutout. Amanda Sears had six saves for the Cougars and took the loss to go to 3-2-1.
"We knew going in we had to be physical and that is what we did," sophomore Megan Daniels said. "I was trying to get a header all game and Felicia (Franco) played such a perfect ball I was able to get it in."
Both defenses were on point all day and the goalkeepers sniffed out the chances that were available. Franco's ball couldn't have been any better and Daniels 5-4 frame rose above the rest to win it.
"This game was all about determination and heart, and you had to be the team going the extra mile to win it," head coach Chris Gould said. "We deserve this win, but it was definitely hard-fought. San Marcos is a good team."
Concordia improved to 4-2 on the year, while the Cougars dropped to 3-2-1. The Eagles are back at home on Wednesday, September 19 at 4:30 pm against Marymount.