Sunday's bus ride up Highway 61 was probably one of the happiest in the two-decades plus history of Hamline's women soccer program. Aileen Scheibner's goal 1:56 into the second OT session gave HU a 2-1 victory at St. Mary's and propelled the Pipers into the midst of the MIAC playoff race. Hamline is now 2-2-2 in the conference and is only three points out of fourth place, the final playoff position. They stand 7-2-3 overall.
Scheibner (Fy., Woodbury, Minn..) , who leads the team with eight goals, converted a pass from Brienne Garside (So., Broomfield, Colo.) for her second game-winning tally of the season. The result probably assured the Pipers will remain in the Top Ten in the NSCAA Central Regional rankings for a fourth consecutive week. HU was 10th in last week's poll. They have ties against the only three teams ahead of them in the poll they have faced.
Hamline took a 1-0 lead late in the first half when Tania Russell (Fy., Eagan, Minn.) registered his first collegiate goal, converting a corner kick from Hannah Plagman (So., Cedar Rapids, Iowa). For a long time, it appeared that would be the afternoon's lone tally. Then the Cardinals converted a penalty kick late in the second half to force the Pipers into their third straight OT game and fourth overall of the season. It was the only shot to elude HU goalie Liz Stock (Sr., Savage, Minn.) who was credited with five saves.
HU held a 2-1 edge in shots in the first OT to no avail. Then Scheibner moved into a three-way tie for the conference lead in points with her all-important goal in the second extra session.
Hamline now returns home this week to Paterson Field (where they are unbeaten in five games) for a pair of contests. Gustavus Adolphus visits Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. Carleton invades on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. start.