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Women's Soccer - Tue, Sep. 5, 2017

The Saint Mary women's soccer team clawed their way to a second place finish at the CSM Flames Shootout this weekend hosted by College of Saint Mary. The Spires opened the weekend with a dramatic 3-2 win over College of Saint Mary and played to a draw in the championships game against Clarke on Sunday but fell in penalty kicks to take second place.

Friday's game started ominously for the Spires. College of Saint Mary opened the scoring in the first half scoring in the 26th and 39th minute. After trailing 2-0 at halftime, the Spires appeared doomed for their first loss of the season, but Justine Brown provided hope when she netted a goal in the 72nd minute to cut the deficit in half.

The minutes continued to tick off the clock, but Paige Nagy provided the equalizer in the 88th minute off an assist from Amanda Martin. The late goal looked to have allowed Saint Mary to salvage a draw in the match, but Martin gave Saint Mary the lead and the win when she scored with five seconds left in the game. The incredible comeback saw Saint Mary score three times in the final 19 minutes for the victory.

Spires celebrate the game winning goal in 3-2 win over College of Saint Mary

The win advanced the Spires to the championship match on Sunday against Clarke. Sara Ruiz-Payan was brililant in goal for Saint Mary in the championship game. Ruiz-Payan made eight saves and posted her first full game shutout of the season. The Spires would be held scoreless as well, however. The match pushed through double overtime and 110 minutes with no score. Clarke would claim the championship as they bested the Spires 4-2 in penalty kicks. Officially, the game goes as a draw keeping the Spires unbeaten on the season.

Saint Mary will be back in action on Saturday, September 9 when they host Park at 5pm.