Women's Soccer Defeats Wittenberg 2-1 in Double Overtime

Photo by Randy Sarvis
Photo by Randy Sarvis

VIDEO - ALEX VESTAL'S GAME-WINNING GOAL

VIDEO INTERVIEW - STEVE SPIRK

WILMINGTON, Ohio - After 100 minutes could not decide a winner, Alex Vestal broke free and scored a game-winning goal 26 seconds into double overtime lifiting the Wilmington College women's soccer team to 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Wittenberg University at Williams Stadium on Wednesday evening.

"We told the team that they needed to go to goal and shoot the ball," Head Coach Steve Spirk said. "I told the team we were going to need an exceptional goal to beat this team tonight."

Exceptional it was. Amy Johnson won a throw in deep in Wittenberg territory and got the ball up field to Vestal. The Orlando, Florida, native got around one defender and fired a shot with the outside of her foot that curled perfectly into the top corner.

The goal capped a comeback victory as the Tigers struck first on a set piece by Jasmine Evans in the 52nd minute. Wilmington, which lost to Wittenberg 1-0 in Springfield last season, answered in the 73rd minute when Mellonee Hall found Paige Lane in the box for the equalizer.

"Mellonee Hall was about to beat a defeat, get inside the box and lay a great ball into space for Paige Lane to put away," said Spirk.

Wittenberg, after being outshot 8-1 in the first half, held an 8-3 shots edge in the second half. The Quakers' defense allowed just two shots over the final 20 minutes, both of which missed target.

Neither team attempted a shot in the first overtime, and Vestal put the game away early in the second overtime period.

Leda Moyer improved to 2-1 in goal for Wilmington, saving 4-of-5 shots she faced. Kelly Corbin took the loss for the Tigers, making six saves on eight shots.

Wilmington (2-1-0) hosts Mount St. Joseph University on Saturday. Kickoff from Williams Stadium is slated for 1 p.m.