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Colonels drop heartbreaker to Mount St. Joseph, 2-1

Colonels drop heartbreaker to Mount St. Joseph, 2-1

DANVILLE, Ky. – The visiting Mount St. Joseph Lions scored with just 36 seconds on the clock Wednesday night, sinking the Centre women's soccer team in a narrow 2-1 defeat at Amend Field.

The Colonels fall to 5-3-2 overall with the loss, while the Lions improve to 9-1 with their seventh consecutive win.

Centre keeper Sarah Youkilis (Lexington, Ky.) was active early on, making two crucial saves in the opening 15 minutes, but the visitors eventually scored the first goal in the 29th minute. Kaylan Gruber netted the opening score.

Despite controlling possession for much of the half, Centre trailed 1-0 heading into the intermission.

The Colonels would eventually level the score in the 65th minute, as senior Amy Dean (Cincinnati) put away an entry pass from Mackenzie Kern (Cincinnati). Dean's spectacular goal was her first of the season.

Again Centre found itself maintaining much of the second half possession, to the tune of a 14-3 shot differential over the Lions.

But Gruber had the final say, sprinting past the Colonel defense to get off a shot with just 36 seconds on the clock. Youkilis made a diving effort, but the ball trickled past the goalline for the game-winning score.

Centre finished with 11 corners to the Lions' two, had 20 shots compared to the visitor's eight.

Youkilis finished with five total saves, and the Colonels surrendered two goals for just the second time this season.

The Colonels return to road and conference action this weekend, traveling to face Berry Saturday at 2 p.m. ET.