GREAT FALLS, Mont. – The University of Great Falls women's soccer team has searched for many things this season.
The first win over a ranked team. The first victory over Westminster. Even the first six-win season in the program's history.
All three landmarks came at once on Sunday when Madison Quinn scored the game-winning goal in overtime as UGF shocked No. 19 Westminster 2-1 at Siebel Soccer Park.
“We knew they're a good team and a powerful team, but we knew we could stick with them,” Quinn said. “That's exactly what we did. We all went out and were on the same page.”
The Argos (1-3 Frontier Conference, 6-5-2 overall) have now won two straight following a four-game winless stretch. Westminster fell to 1-2 and 10-3-2.
“Wins for us are always a big deal,” Quinn said. “It just gives us momentum to go forward, and that's what we need at this point of the season.”
It didn't appear Sunday would be the day. Rylei North scored off an assist from Emily Bergland in the fifth minute for a 1-0 Westminster lead.
But that was all as the UGF defense buckled down after allowing the early goal.
“We came out really flat and Westminster really came at us and got that early goal,” UGF coach Brian Clarke said. “We started to settle in and played a lot better in the second half.”
UGF defender Kandace Leliefeld scored her first goal of the season during a scrum following a corner kick.
“She's very aggressive and mixes it up in those set pieces,” Clarke said of Leliefeld. “That's what you need to get those opportunities.”
The Lady Argos wasted no time once the game reached overtime as Quinn knocked home the game-winner off a corner kick from Katie Bennett in the second minute of the extra session.
“Honestly it was a team effort,” said Quinn, who now has two goals on the season. “We knew that we needed a goal, and we dug deep and we got one.”
UGF returns to action against Johnson and Wales, and College of St. Mary next weekend in Denver, Colorado.