Posted on Nov 12, 1999

What do you do when your soccer team is down three

goals to none at halftime?

Give the ball the Missy Matusewicz '02.

Following a halftime talk in which Coach Brian Speck

told the players to simply score one goal every 15 minutes against Ithaca,

Matusewicz did just that. She then assisted Katie Smith in triple overtime

to propel the Dutchwomen into Saturday's second-round game at UCAA rival

William Smith, a contest Union lost 4-1.

“We played a lot of soccer that day,” said

Matusewicz, the leading scorer in Union history. “Coach was positive

at halftime. He told us to play like a desperate team, because that's

what we were.”

Not only was this the soccer team's first NCAA

appearance, it was the first NCAA win in the 30-year history of women's

sports at Union.

The team finished the season at 16-3-1 and 4-1-1 and

second place in the UCAA.