Falcons secure playoff spot

Last season, it was Miami that ended the women’s soccer team’s playoff run.

This season, they helped it begin.

Of course, BG’s 4-3 overtime win yesterday over Marshall was the big reason the Falcons were able to qualify for their second consecutive postseason berth.

Falcon coach Andy Richards said the team was happy to be going to postseason.

“We’re delighted that we’re in, and it’s a huge sense of relief,” Richards said. “We made life hard on ourselves.”

After losing to Ohio Friday, BG knew it needed to win their Mid-Amercan Conference season finale over Marshall, as well a Miami win over Akron to secure the eighth seed in the MAC playoffs.

When Samantha Meister’s kick sailed into the net, BG had achieved its part of the bargain.

But the day didn’t start as promising.

The Falcons went to halftime trailing 2-0.

The Falcons came back to tie the game on goals by Katie Piening and Julie Trundle.

But after the comeback, BG had to face more adversity, as Marshall scored one more to take a 3-2 lead.

But BG wasn’t finished.

The first collegiate goal by Megan Rapp tied the game for BG and sent the game to overtime.

Richards said that Rapp’s first goal could not have come at a better time.

“She’s been playing very well,” Richards said. “Like a lot of kids, she has had times when she has not been playing, but she got that goal, and it’s wonderful for her.”

It was Meister’s goal that gave BG the win. Any celebration was restrained however, until the team found out about Miami’s 4-1 win over Akron.

The Redhawks, who are not going to the playoffs, were praised by Richards.

“Miami wasn’t going to the playoffs, but they still had something to play for,” Richards said.

The Falcons will now play a home non-conference game against Ohio State Friday, before traveling to Eastern Michigan for the first round matchup.

That game will take place a week from Nov. 3.