STANFORD, Calif. — Santa Clara forward Meagan Snell knocked in the rebound off defender Hillary Schwarzbach’s shot in the first overtime period to propel the No. 3 Broncos over No. 9 Tennessee, 1-0, in the 2006 Stanford Nike Invitational.
Snell’s golden goal ended the match at 92:38 and came after Schwarzbach tried to head home the Kiki Bosio corner kick. Lady Vol goalkeeper Jaimel Johnson stopped the first try, but the rebound went toward Snell, who put it into the net.
The goal came after Tennessee (4-2-1) had chances to end the match in regulation. Forward Kylee Rossi had two open looks at goal in the final 10 minutes that missed wide. In the 83rd minute, Rossi took a shot from inside the penalty box after midfielder Ali Christoph stole the ball from a Bronco midfielder, but the shot missed right. Three minutes later, Rossi controlled a failed clearance and tried to chip the ball over Santa Clara netminder Meagan McCray, but her try drifted left.
Santa Clara (6-2) had one try toward the end of regulation to win the match, as Lexi Orand tried her luck in the 88th minute from 20 yards out, but her blast went over the crossbar.
The first half saw both squads battle, with Santa Clara taking a 10-4 advantage in shots in the period.
“Today, I was just very proud of the effort the team put forth,” coach Angela Kelly said. “The game went back and forth. The best thing about (today) is the team grew. With every win or loss, you can learn something. They gained a lot of character today with the way they battled in the heat against the No. 3 team in the country.”
Kelly said it was a great trip for the team, as they finished non-conference play and prepare for conference play.
“It’s been a great trip for our squad, traveling to the west coast and playing two of the top teams in the country. We have grown in each and every match up to this point, and I’m excited to see how they perform in the conference.”
In the match, the Broncos held an 18-8 advantage in shots and a 5-3 edge in corner kicks. Santa Clara’s goal was the first allowed by Tennessee’s defense in over 270 minutes of play. The loss pushed the Lady Vols record in matches between top-10 teams to 0-4-1 all-time.
Tennessee opens up SEC action in Oxford, Miss., on Friday at 7 p.m. CDT against Mississippi.