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NEWARK, Del. - - A goal in the second minute of overtime capped a comeback for Post as it defeated the Wilmington University women's soccer team, 2-1, in matchup of teams atop the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference standings on Saturday afternoon at the WU Athletics Complex.
The loss snapped a six-game winning streak in CACC play for the Wildcats (7-6, 7-2 CACC). The Eagles (8-4-1, 8-1-1 CACC) picked up their first overtime victory of the season, winning their third straight game overall.
Tied, 1-1, at the end of regulation, the Eagles didn't waste any time in the overtime period, scoring in the second minute. The scoring chance was started by a turnover in the backfield by the Wildcats as the Eagles' Lexxi Carroll jumped on the ball in the top left corner of the 18-yard box. Carroll's shot beat Wilmington goalkeeper Kierstyn Williams high and snuck under the crossbar for the golden goal victory.
The Wildcats took the lead with a first half goal, scoring in the 29th minute off a free kick. Set up in front of her own bench, Carin Essex-Arline sent a ball towards the middle of the 18-yard box. The ball found its way on the end of a racing Loran Wyrough as she was in alone on the Eagle keeper. Wyrough slotted it home for her 13th goal of the season, putting the home team on top.
A miscue in the backfield allowed Post to tie the game early in the second half. The Eagles' Jen van Alphen put a cross to the middle of the goal form the left side after a Wilmington turnover, finding the open leg of Katharina Mertz in the 58th minute. Mertz' ninth goal of the season tied the match 57:29 into the game.
Wilmington led, 3-2, in shots the rest of the contest, but neither team built a strong threat in the remainder of regulation.
Post held the lead in shots, 11-7, for the game, while also taking the only two corners in the game.
Williams recorded seven saves for the Wildcats while Post's Laura Morgan made three stops for the win.
The Wildcats' four-game home stand continues with another CACC contest on Wednesday. The Wildcats welcome cross-town rival Goldey-Beacom to the WU Athletics complex for a 3:30 p.m. start.