Dutka’s Late Strike Paces Bluefield to Fifth Win
Rams improve to 5-4-0 on the season with thrilling overtime victory heading into conference play
September 25, 2012
Three for three ... Jessica Dutka scores third of the season
BECKLEY, W.Va. – Bluefield College Women's Soccer continued its hot streak on cold and rain soaked Tuesday evening, defeating West Virginia Tech with a thrilling 2-1 overtime final to claim its fifth victory. Jessica Dutka’s 92nd minute tally proved to be the difference on the scoreboard as the Rams head into the Mid-South Conference play on a winning run the likes of which has not been accomplished since the 2008 season.
Despite being a single goal game, Tuesday’s contest included multiple offensive opportunities. Bluefield held a commanding 10-2 lead in corners and outshot the Golden Bears 4-2 in the opening 45 minutes. The Rams saw two shots go off the woodwork as Callan Camin and Pip Pattison proved to be quite the nuisance to the WV Tech defense as they put 10 shots on goal as three Tech players were issued yellow card cautions.
Kayla Richardson earned her fifth victory of the season in the win, stopped eight shots. Not showing up on the score sheet were the multiple through balls collected by the Wren, Ohio, native, significantly limiting WVT’s attempts at the target.
Pattison put the Rams on the board in the 59th minute, scoring her 12th goal of the season. The junior received a bouncing ball on the wing and sent a lofted pass into the box where it skipped past Tech’s keeper Sydney Schaeffer giving a deserved 1-0 lead to Bluefield.
The Rams continued to pepper the opposing defense throughout the half, firing a total of five shots on target, two against the frame of the goal and earned seven corner kicks. A typically dangerous corner kick squad the Rams saw four straight chances come from the corner flag.
In the 67th minute Creshana Jones skipped through the Rams defense on the slippery turf where she poked a shot past Richardson for her fourth goal of the season to tie the game 1-1.
The two squads would battle till the whistle signaled the end of regulation with the game level at ones.
With two 10 minute periods of extra time looming Jessica Dutka took advantage of the first shot of the added period to net her third goal -- second game winner in dramatic fashion. The junior from Highland, N.Y., took a bouncing ball and volleyed into the top corner from nearly 30 yards for the game ending golden goal just 1:03 into overtime.
That goal ensured Bluefield its second one goal victory of the season and its fifth win in nine matches. BC’s defense has been stellar this season holding opponents to two or fewer goals in six of the nine contests. Since Head Coach Chase Neidig took over the Rams, BC has equaled or bettered nearly every individual and team record through his first nine games. With nine regular season games left, Pip Pattison and Callan Camin became the single-season record holders in goals (12) and assists (8) respectively while the team has scored a program tying single-season mark of 27 goals and winning a second most (5) games in a single season. Bluefield also equaled the total number of conference wins (1) with its first Mid-South Conference game of the season – an 8-1 thrashing of Cumberlands (Ky.) -- in their first conference contest of the season as the last eight seasons combined.
With the victory, BC has now defeated two opponents that beat them a year ago. WV Tech beat the Rams 4-2 at East River last season while the most significant change came when the Rams defeated Brevard (NC) 5-0 in their last home game under the lights of East River. Last year the Tornados dropped the Rams 4-0.
Bluefield College returns to action on Saturday when they host the first of seven straight Mid-South Conference games with Cumberland (Tenn.) coming to East River Soccer Complex for a 1 p.m. kickoff. The Rams 1-1-0 in the MSC will face a formidable Bulldogs squad that’s racked up seven wins (7-2-0, 3-1-0 MSC) while earning recognition in the recent NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches Top-25 Polls.