MEMPHIS-Junior forward Alex Bickenbach (Memphis, Tenn., St. Benedict HS) scored two goals, including the game-winner with 19.9 seconds remaining in double-overtime, to lift the Christian Brothers University Lady Bucs to a 2-1 win over West Alabama, moving them into second place in the Gulf South Conference standings with one game to play.
Nicki Gears put the Tigers (10-6-0, 5-4-0 GSC) on the board in the 14th minute as she finished after receiving a throughball from Kirsten Reily. Bickebach found the equalizer in the 24th minute, scoring off a cross into the six-yard box from KatelynGraham (Memphis, Tenn./St. Benedict HS).
From there, neither side could find the net again through regulation. The game appeared to be headed for a 1-1 tie in the final seconds of the second overtime as UWA took a goal kick with just 30 seconds remaining. CBU’s Carly Downing (Cordova, Tenn./St. Benedict HS) won the ball, heading it ahead to Bickenbach, who worked around a defender and fired a low strike into the net for the game-winner for the Lady Bucs (11-3-2, 5-3-1 GSC).
The Lady Bucs out-shot UWA 13-12 for the game, but UWA held a 5-3 edge in shots on goal as Robyn Wade (Collierville, Tenn./Collierville HS) made four saves to earn the victory.
With the win, the Lady Bucs move into sole possession of second place with 16 points, one ahead of West Alabama and Valdosta State. West Florida already clinched first place with 25 points. With a win in their final GSC game Friday at Delta State, the Lady Bucs would lock up the No. 2 seed in the GSC Tournament Nov. 7-10 in Pensacola, Fla.
The Lady Bucs visit Delta State at 1 p.m. Friday afternoon in their final GSC game. The Lady Bucs’ final home game is set for Sunday afternoon, Nov. 3, at 1 p.m. as they celebrate Senior Day in a non-conference game against North Alabama.