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Goodwin’s goal lifts Lady Argos to overtime win at Frontier tourney

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The University of Great Falls women's soccer team opened the season with three consecutive overtime games and played six altogether.

It's already been an historic season in terms of wins, so perhaps it was only fitting that the program's first-ever postseason victory also went into extra time.

Freshman Kelsey Goodwin scored the game-winner in the 94th minute as the fourth-seeded Lady Argonauts topped fifth-seeded Jamestown 2-1 to advance to the Frontier/North Star Conference Tournament semifinals Thursday in Billings.

“I think it's a testament to the hard work and effort the girls have put in all season,” UGF coach Brian Clarke said. “I've told the girls the reason we're having such a great season is because they're playing as a unit and a team.”

UGF (9-7-2) added to its program record for wins in a season, and will now face top-seed and No. 24 Westminster (13-3-2) in the semifinals Friday at 11 a.m.

The goal was the first of the season for Goodwin. She became the latest of a number of Lady Argos who have been late-game heroines.

“We've had different people step up during different times,” Clarke said. “It's a tribute to the depth we have that anybody can step up at any time.”

Goodwin scored on a cross from Katie Bennett early in the extra session.

The Argos trailed 1-0 early, but a Jamestown own-goal off a cross from UGF leading scorer Dani De La Vina tied the game.

The second half was scoreless as the Lady Argos held on defensively to force overtime.

The Lady Argos beat then-No. 19 Westminster 2-1 in overtime at home Oct. 12. It was UGF's first win over a ranked opponent in program history. The Griffins topped the Lady Argos 3-0 in Salt Lake City on Sept. 28.

“We are excited to see (the Griffins) and play them again,” Clarke said. “We know that this time of year anything can happen. We'll definitely be up for the game and ready.”

Carroll beat Presentation 3-1 in the other first-round game. The Saints play second-seeded Jamestown at 11 a.m. Friday in the other semifinal. The championship match is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday.

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