CORPUS CHRISTI – Throughout the summer of 2014, GoIslanders.com will look back at the best moments and athletic performances from the 2013-14 school year.
Every Tuesday, we will bring you one of the top 10 individual performances, with Thursdays bringing the year's top 10 moments. Be sure to keep tabs on GoIslanders.com throughout the summer to celebrate all the great moments.
Top Moment #7: Miller's Golden Goal Leads Islanders to first SLC Win
The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi women's soccer team faced a tough challenge going into the matchup against McNeese State on Oct. 4 at the Dr. Jack Dugan Family Soccer and Track Stadium. Following two losses on the road, the Islanders were looking to turn their 0-4-0 conference play record around and gain the momentum they needed for the rest of the season.
The first half saw the majority of the action in the middle of the field, with the two teams battling for possession. The Islanders were limited to just two shots, but had a golden opportunity in the 40th minute. A well-played ball by Meghan Cordero was flicked on by Rachel Keeley and found its way to Yvette Franco. The freshman took a touch and got a shot off, but McNeese keeper Maggie Marks smothered it to keep the home squad off the scoreboard.
In the second half, the Islanders ratcheted up the pressure, peppering the goal with six shots in the first 14 minutes of action. But opportunities by Audrey Kuhl and Franco were blocked keeping it scoreless to go into overtime.
It was Islanders forward Alyssa Miller who made, what would come to be known as, the 'Golden Goal' that sent the Islanders into a frenzy. Franco played a nice ball down the left side to a streaking Miller. The junior dribbled into the 18-yard box, cut back to her right, then sent a ball past Marks and into the right corner of the goal to give the Islanders the 1-0 win at 94:46 on the clock. As soon as the goal was scored Miller dropped to ground from exhaustion and the Islanders rushed the field to celebrate Miller and her incredible efforts to lead her team to victory.
Miller was named GoIslanders.com student-athlete of the week for leading the Islanders to their first Southland Conference victory and the first home victory in program history. The Thornton, Colo., native finished the season as the second-leading scorer on the team.
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June 17 - #10: Bourque Leads Islanders to Best SLC Start in Program History
June 24 - #9: Shaw's Explosive Weekend at UIW and ACU
July 1 - #8: Jordan's Buzzer Beater Sends Islanders Past IPFW
July 8 - #7: Baar Wins the Steeple at Southland Championships
June 19 - #10: Islanders Softball Sweeps Lamar
June 26 - #9: Shaw's Late Three Lifts Islanders Past UCA
July 3 - #8: Women's Tennis Victory Over SMU
July 10 - #7: Miller's Golden Goal Leads Islanders to first SLC Win