Copyright 2015; Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo of game winning goal celebration by Frank Stallworth.
NEWARK, Del. - - It took a late game comeback including a goal in double overtime with 1:33 left, but the Wilmington University women's soccer team overcame Philadelphia, 2-1, on Tuesday afternoon in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference action at the WU Athletics Complex.
Sophomore Loran Wyrough scored both goals for the Wildcats (7-5, 7-1 CACC), but without key stops from sophomore goalkeeper Kierstyn Williams, the Rams (5-7, 4-4 CACC) would have run away with the match in the second half.
Wyrough one-timed a beautiful set up with 1:33 left in double overtime, capping the comeback. La'Dae Boykin played a ball to the corner for Chandler Lages and after getting into the box on the end line, Lages played a ball to the middle of the goal, beating Ram goalkeeper Courtney Shaw low to an awaiting wide-open Wyrough. It is her fourth game-winner of the season.
After a scoreless first half, the Rams took the lead early in the second half as Nicole Raab scored her third of the season in the 52nd minute. She ran onto a long ball over the top from Carla Chmielewski and beat Williams one-on-one from the right side.
Williams couldn't come up with that break-a-way save, but came up with a big one in the 73d minute to keep the score at 1-0. Raab came barreling in on Williams alone, and Williams was able to get a touch on the ball with her lower body to deflect it out of bounds wide of the goal for a corner. The Wildcats were able to clear the corner away as well.
That allowed the Wildcats to put the pressure on the defensive half of Philadelphia, finally breaking through in the 83rd minute. Rebecca Dolhansky had the ball on the top right corner of the 18-yard box, crossing it to the far post. Philadelphia's defender came up empty on a clear attempt and Wyrough was there to slam it home, tying the match with 7:34 left on the scoreboard.
Both Wilmington and Philadelphia had a shot in the remaining moments, but Chmielewski and Boykin both put their shots high, sending the game into overtime.
The teams were only able to muster one shot in the first overtime period, as Lages header went right of the goal in the early going.
Early in the second overtime, Wyrough thought she beat Shaw, but Ram net minder got her hands on the shot to her left and the ball glanced off the post and stayed out.
The Rams took the next two shots in the contest, but Williams came up with one save before the other sailed wide left in the 105th minute, setting up the heroics from Wyrough.
Wyrough almost gave the Wildcats an early 1-0 lead in the first half, but her left footed volleyball hit off the top of the crossbar and stayed out.
The Rams outshot the Wildcats, 17-13, and earned more corners, 7-5, for the match. Williams came up with seven saves for the Wildcats while Shaw made six stops for the Rams.
It was the first time since the 2012 CACC Tournament Championship match and the first time the Wildcats defeated the Rams in the regular season since the 2010 season.
The Wildcats continue their four-game home stand with another CACC contest on Saturday, as they host Post to start a soccer double-header at 12:00 p.m. Saturday is soccer's Breast Cancer Awareness matches with donations and proceeds benefitting the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.