The Raven Women's soccer team pulled off a comeback tie in the 85th minute, after trailing to Kansas Wesleyan University for almost the entire match on Wednesday night but in the end, the No. 19 Ravens couldn't push ahead of No. 16 KWU as they were forced to settled for a 3-3 draw after 110 minutes at the BC Soccer Complex.
With just over four minutes remaining in regulation, the forward Liz Enna was caught up with a number of Kansas Wesleyan defenders next to the goal and was able to force the ball off of a defender and into the net to even the match at 3-3.
The Ravens and the Coyotes have a competitive history, finishing in ties in now three out of their last five meetings, and last year the Coyotes were two of the three losses for the Ravens.
"Kansas Wesleyan is a good team — they're very technical, physical, and it's always a good game," said Raven forward Bethany Smith. "We know that going into it and it also fires us up, and eventually we'll get there — we'll get a win."
Both teams came out strong, but Kansas Wesleyan struck early as Melissa Martinez, who scored all three goals for the Coyotes, made it 1-0, 4 minutes into the game with an assist by Mitzi Ibarra.
Martinez struck again in the 16th minute, to push Kansas Wesleyan to a 2-0 lead.
After multiple missed opportunities from the Ravens, defender Ashley Washburn finally responded to Kansas Wesleyan's lead capitalizing on a pass from froward Brooklyn Sipp to put the Ravens on the board and bring the game within one.
In the second half it was again Kansas Wesleyan who put one away first when Martinez beat Benedictine keeper Ashley Holland in a one-on-one match up to put the Coyotes up 3-1 in the 50th minute.
Sipp helped the Ravens play catch up with a high shot from the top of the box in the 63rd minute, to bring Benedictine within one for the second time in the match.
The deflected shot off of Kansas Wesleyan's defender pushed the game into extra time, where the aggressive battle continued. Enna netted a shot at the last second for the Ravens, but the goal was called off as the referee singled the end of the game before she got the shot off.
Holland played all 110 minutes as keeper for the Ravens and recorded seven saves.
Defensively, both teams picked up a number of fouls, 10 for the Coyotes and 9 for the Ravens, and two yellow cards where given out to Kansas Wesleyan.
"This game, I'm so proud of every single player on this team," Enna said. "We played our hearts out and we left everything out on that field — that is the beauty of soccer because you never know. You put your heart out and you play until that buzzer goes off and no matter the outcome, even though it was a tie that was an awesome game."
On Saturday the Ravens return to action, traveling to Hastings, Neb., for a 1 p.m. match against Hastings College.