ORANGEBURG, N.Y. - - In its seventh overtime of the season, the Wilmington University men's soccer team got a goal from Sam Jester in the 103rd minute to defeat Dominican, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at the DC Soccer Field.
The Wildcats' (11-1-4, 8-1-2 CACC) unbeaten streak has stretched to five straight with the win, playing in their NCAA era record seventh overtime game of the season. It didn't look as though the game was going to go to overtime, as they Wildcats held onto a 1-0 lead into the final minute. But a Charger (5-11, 3-8 CACC) penalty kick with 31 seconds left forced the extra periods.
Dominican outshot the Wildcats, 7-5, in the first half, but neither team could find the back of the net. The Chargers had a golden opportunity in the 18th minute, but Ewan Gray's shot hit the post and remained in play.
The Wildcats came out of the halftime break quickly, getting a shot on goal from Ellis McSharry and a corner in the opening two minutes. But it wasn't until the 57th minute that the Wildcats were able to get on the board.
Tom Garratt nearly put the game away in the 86th minute, but his shot hit the post and stayed out of the goal, keeping the game at 1-0.
With less than a minute to play in regulation, the Chargers were fouled in the box and were able to convert the ensuing penalty kick to tie the game with 31 seconds left.
The Wildcats outshot the Chargers, 3-2, in the first overtime period, but none of the attempts were on frame.
Will Stone came down with a 50-50 ball just outside the Dominican box, and slotted Jester on the right side in the early going of the second overtime period. Jester's shot went off a defender and back towards the near post, getting past the Charger's goalkeeper for the 2-1 victory 102:01 into the contest.
The Wildcats outshot the Chargers, 15-13, for the match, despite Dominican earning more corners, 7-5. Vinny Tasca made four saves for the victory.
With the win, coupled with a Georgian Court loss to Post, the Wildcats are currently in first place in the CACC with 26 points with one game remaining. They head to crosstown rival Goldey-Beacom on Tuesday afternoon to round out the regular season. The opening whistle is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.