Joplin, Mo. -- Michelle Dimza received a pass in a crowd from Jentri White and turned and launched a shot into the net to lead the Missouri Southern Lions to a dramatic, 2-1 overtime win over the Rockhurst Hawks in their 2009 home opener at Fred Hughes Stadium. The match was moved from Hal Bodon Field to Hughes Stadium due to a rain-soaked Bodon Field.
The goal was the first of the career for Dimza.
The Lions were forced to play catch-up from nearly the beginning after Erin Valenta took a center pass from Abby Davidson and scored from 20 yards away just 26 seconds into the match.
Sarah Evers tied the score at 1-1 by getting free on a breakaway in the 32nd minute of the first half.
Goalkeeper Randi Russell recorded eight saves and was a big reason why the Lions (1-2) were able to limit the Hawks (1-1) to only one goal despite being out-shot 18-12 overall and 9-5 on-goal.
Alyssa Miller made three saves for the Hawks.
White recorded a team-best four shots for the Lions, while Valenta led everybody with five shot-attempts.
The Lions will wrap-up non-conference action by hosting St. Mary's (Texas) on Monday afternoon (Sept. 7). The match is slated for noon at Hal Bodon Field.