MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Junior captain Lauren Goetzman netted her team-leading fourth goal for the Wesleyan University women's soccer team in the 27th minute on Sunday, but Middlebury scored two unanswered goals, including the game winner by freshman Eliza Van Voorhis in the 100th minute during a 2-1 overtime win at Jackson Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- During the 27th minute, freshman midfielder Carly Bechtloff sent a pass down the right sideline in the attacking zone to freshman midfielder Emily Ribatt, who sent a ball into the box, which was headed into the left side of the net by Goetzman. Junior defender Kayla O'Brien registered a scoring chance in the 24th minute for Wesleyan (5-5-1, 1-5-1 NESCAC), but her shot was denied by Middlebury sophomore goalkeeper Eva Shaw (2-0-0).
- The Cardinals continued to apply pressure for the remainder of the first half, and the squad caved the Panthers (8-2-1, 4-2-1 NESCAC) in their own zone for the opening 10 minutes of the second half. Junior captain Kinsey Yost made an outstanding defensive play in the 63rd minute, stripping the ball from Van Voorhis in the 18-yard box.
- The Panthers began applying a sustained pressure toward the end of the second half, searching for the equalizer. Sophomore Caitlin Magruder netted her first collegiate goal in the 80th minute from outside the penalty box on the right attacking side off a feed by Van Voorhis, as the play developed off a corner kick by junior Alex Barber.
- Yost stepped up for the Cardinals again in the 93rd minute, blocking a drive from junior Clare Robinson in the box, prolonging the game during the sudden-death extra session.
- Van Voorhis played the role of hero for Middlebury with 10 seconds remaining in the first extra session, scoring from point-blank range directly off a cross, as Barber and sophomore Virginia Charman picked up assists on the tally.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Cardinals, who have lost five one-goal games this season, including three in overtime, held a 7-6 advantage in shots during the opening 45 minutes.
- Middlebury claimed a 17-10 lead in shots for the entire game, with advantages of 7-2 and 4-1 in the second half and overtime, respectively.
- Each team attempted four corners, while the visitors were called for 10 fouls and a yellow-card infraction, and the hosts were ticketed with seven fouls.
- Shaw earned the win in net with a game-high four saves, and senior captain Meg Hanan (1-3-1) suffered the loss for Wesleyan with a two-save effort.
- The Cardinals will remain in Middletown, Conn., for a 7:30 p.m. showdown against Rhode Island College on Wednesday at Citrin Field. Wesleyan will jump back into NESCAC Conference action on Saturday with a noon mathcup against Williams, as the group will be celebrating Senior Day at Jackson Field.