Marquette's Durand kicks game winner for Wildcat Women

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MARQUETTE, Mi. Casey Durand scored 1:30 into the second overtime period to vault the Northern Michigan women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Tiffin Friday afternoon at the NMU Soccer Field.

Durand dribbled from midfield and then sent a shot past Samantha Ortenzi into the lower right corner of the net.

In the first overtime period, the Wildcats outshot the Dragons, 4-0. Ortenzi came up with back-to-back saves on Allyssa Milam and Madison Hamilla after a late Northern Michigan corner kick to send the game into the second bonus frame.

Aimee Colla opened the scoring in the ninth minute of the match, taking a feed from Paula Hafner and lacing the ball into the bottom right corner of the net.

Tiffin responded in the 27th minute when Leanne Tobin fired a shot into the upper left corner of the goal just out of Alexandra Simmons's reach.

The Dragons came out hot in the second half, forcing Simmons to make four of her seven saves in the first five minutes.

The Wildcats were awarded a corner kick with just a minute left in regulation. Rachel LaManna came up with the Carmen Villarruel kick, but Ortenzi was there to make the save.

Durand's overtime strike was her second of the 2016 season. She now leads the team with five goals, including three game-winning tallies.

Northern Michigan returns to action Sunday at 1 p.m., hosting Ashland on Senior Day. Before the game, the Wildcats will honor their eight seniors: Gabriella Garza, Caroline Glantz, Hafner, LaManna, Wyona Maravilla, Simmons, Villarruel and Natalie Yeck.