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For Women's Soccer, OT stands for Opportunistic Tessa

For Women's Soccer, OT stands for Opportunistic Tessa

Tessa Trettel scored 4:19 into the first overtime to give No. 19-ranked St. Thomas Women's Soccer a 1-0 victory over St. Ben's in a battle of MIAC title contenders Wednesday at UST's South Field.

Kaley Roberts had the assist and Sarah Pasternak had five saves for St. Thomas (11-2-2 overall, 6-1-1 MIAC), which moved into a tie for the MIAC lead with the home victory.

With three conference games left, Augsburg (6-1-1) and UST share the lead, with St. Catherine (6-2) one point behind. The Bennies (8-4-2, 5-2-1) is also in the chase for the top.

The Tommies have played five overtime games this month out of seven overall contests, winning three and tying two. They also won an early September overtime game at No. 3-ranked Washington (Mo.). They have allowed just eight goals in 15 games.

Trettel, who also scored a game-winning goal at Bethel in two overtimes 17 days ago, won Wednesday's game with her team-best seventh goal. The junior took a pass from Roberts and punched a shot into the right corner of the net to beat the CSB defense and keeper.

Wednesday's game, played in 45-degree temps, had a similar ending for the Tommies as the September 2018 meeting on the same field. The Toms won that game over St. Ben's 2-1 on Kate Heimer's overtime goal on a steamy day when the heat index pushed 100 degrees.

St. Thomas plays Saturday at Macalester.