With the prospect of yet another double overtime tie looming, Katie Quinones made sure that didn't happen.
The University of South Dakota senior scored midway through the second overtime period to give USD a 3-2 win over Western Illinois on Monday afternoon in Vermillion.
In a game that saw a variety of weather conditions, USD (2-2-1) won for the second time against a future Summit League opponent.
Earlier this season, on Aug. 22, the Coyotes tied Western Illinois 1-1 in overtime on the road.
"You've got nothing else after overtime, you have to give it your all," said Quinones, whose goal at the 104:04 mark was her first this season after leading the Coyotes in scoring last year.
"We weren't ever going to be satisfied with losing, and tying wasn't an option."
Prior to her game-winning goal, Quinones had two other shots at the WIU net, but neither found their mark.
"She keeps telling me she's got a rifle of a shot, and it was finally good to see it," USD head coach Mandy Green said.
"Katie can do that if she gets a chance."
After a scoreless first half, USD got on the scoreboard on a goal by freshman Jenny Teslow at the 58:23 mark. The shot in front of the net was Teslow's team-leading third of the season.
However, the visiting Leathernecks got a goal by Jill Kevorkian four minutes later to tie the game.
And at the 77:45 mark, WIU's Jenny Green scored a go-ahead goal.
Even with just 12 minutes left in regulation, the Coyotes didn't give up ¬– which was a sign that impressed their coach.
"We've been working on so many things, and I'm proud of how they've finally taken all that hard work and showed it consistently for a full 90 minutes," Green said.
With 3:40 remaining, USD sophomore Erin Bello saw her shot sail over the WIU goalkeeper's head, tying the game 2-2.
After regulation, the game went into two 10-minute sudden death overtime periods.
But by that point, the rain that had made its way through Vermillion near the end of the first half had relented. The only thing that remained were cool and windy conditions.
"The weather made it interesting," Green said. "We tied them (WIU) in 95 degree weather just a few weeks ago, so this was totally different."
Added Quinones, "I feel like we went through all four seasons in 110 minutes."
For the game, Western Illinois out-shot USD 25-18, but the Coyotes had a 5-1 advantage in the two overtime periods. USD senior goalkeeper Jen Ogren recorded 13 saves.
With a Thursday afternoon (4 p.m.) home contest with Creighton looming, the effort given by the Coyotes on Monday can be a good momentum boost, according to Quinones.
"Today was the most consistent soccer we've put together, and I'm just glad we got a good result out of it," she said. "Hopefully we can keep it up."