Fort Lewis College was 45 seconds away from 4-0-0.
The No. 6 FLC womens soccer team was on the verge of closing out Grand Canyon University on Monday in Grand Junction, leading 2-1 in the waning moments.
Chelsea Santos, however, had other plans.
The freshman midfielder hit a half volley past FLC goalkeeper Amanda Raso, and the Antelopes and Skyhawks finished with a 2-2 draw after a pair of overtime periods.
Grand Canyon without a doubt was a worthy opponent, Skyhawks head coach Damian Clarke said. Its probably the first team weve played thats no doubt good enough to be in the (NCAA) tournament.
Fort Lewis (3-0-1) had taken the lead 2-1 on freshman Sam Weiss second goal of the game. The striker, playing in place of Hayley Hollenga, who remains out with a hip flexor, took a through ball from Elena Benavides and tucked the ball past GCU (1-3-1) keeper Stephanie Phillips in the 65th minute.
Marina Nesic, the reigning Pacific West Conference Player of the Year, tied the game at 1 just three minutes before Weiss snapped the tie. Nesic tallied on a free kick.
Weiss opened the scoring in the fifth minute when Emma Cannis found her for the second consecutive game, allowing the freshman to tuck the ball into the right side of the net.
Theyve done very well to create a tandem without Hayley, Clarke said of Weiss and Cannis.
Cannis left the game in overtime after getting banged up on a tough-angle shot. Clarke said she should be fine to go in Fridays home opener against CSU-Pueblo. The head coach added that hes hopeful Hollenga, the teams leading scorer a season ago, will return to the lineup Friday against the ThunderWolves.
We got beat up. They were a physical, physical team, Clarke said.