Down 3-0 at halftime, the Polk State Eagles soared back to tie Southwestern Illinois College 4-4 in double overtime last night in Melbourne, Fla.
"We started out the game with two quick scoring opportunities but couldn't finish them," said Head Coach Steve Linamen. "We controlled possession, but our mistakes cost us.
Southwestern scored goals in in fifth, 13th, and 30th minutes.
At halftime, Linamen encouraged the Eagles to show heart and play for each other.
"The second half was a glimpse of what the team is capable of," he said. "Explosive play and ball movement while overloading the box is what we train to do. Tonight we had a fantastic second half."
In the second half, Polk State scored in 30 seconds and then again three minutes later, with the game-equalizing goal coming just six minutes into the second half. The Eagles scored four unanswered goals in 14 minutes.
Ritter gave the Eagles a 4-3 advantage with a goal in the 59th minute on an assist by Dominique Walker.
Southwestern Illinois tied the match at 4 in the 69th minute.
The teams then played two 10-minute overtime periods, with neither squad able to score.
"We went into the both overtime periods controlling possession, with Southwestern Illinois playing defensively," said Linamen.
"We had nine shots in overtime but were unable to break the tie. Overall, it was a successful game for us to battle back from three goals down."
For the game, Polk State outshot Southwestern Illinois 26-19. The Eagles had nine goalkeeper saves, while Southwestern Illinois recorded 14.
The Eagles return to action Sept. 11 when they face Broward College at 4 p.m. on the Lakeland campus.