Koefoeds Goal in Overtime Gives Howard It First Win
YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO - Retha Koefoed scored on a penalty kick in overtime to give the Howard University women's soccer team its first win of the season, a 1-0 victory over Youngstown State (1-4).
Koefoed, a 5-7 sophomore midfielder from Bethesda, MD, scored the goal at the 96:51 mark after the Penguins were assessed a yellow card.
While the deciding goal by Koefoed proved to be the difference, the play of Cheyra Bell in goal was equally important. The 5-4 senior from Bermuda has been moved her normal position of forward to goalkeeper after starting goalie Chanel Bell (no relation) was injured before the start of the season.
The spirited Bell played all 96-plus minutes in goal and recorded 5 saves, including two big ones in the extra period.
Head Coach Brent Leiba assessed his team's gutty performance in the win.
"We stayed disciplined in the things that we like to do," said Leiba, in his second season at the helm. "We came out in this match much more focused than we did in the previous match against Wagner. It was a collective effort."
Howard won despite being out-shot, 13-6, including 5-2 on shots on goal. The Lady Bison return to action on Monday, September 13 when they host VMI at 7 pm in Greene Stadium.