Carey Gets Wooster Past Allegheny in Triple Overtime
Eighty-one seconds into the third overtime, Madison Carey converted a free-position shot to lift The College of Wooster to a thrilling 15-14 North Coast Athletic Conference victory at Allegheny College in the teams' Thursday night match-up in Meadville, Pa.
Wooster (10-3-1, 3-1 NCAC) controlled possession throughout the third extra session, as Shelby Stone won the draw control at the outset, and after a second foul by Allegheny (7-7, 1-3 NCAC), Carey set up from eight meters out and found an opening for the game-winner. It was Carey's second goal of the game and 50th of the season, the second year in a row she's reached that milestone.
The Gators jumped out to a 5-0 lead through 12 minutes of action, but the Fighting Scots quickly got back into the game by accounting for five of the final seven scores of the half to pull within 7-5. Noteworthy, it was two primary defensive players, Alison Schlothauer and Molly Sennett, who started the comeback with back-to-back goals.
Early in the second half, Wooster continued to chip away and eventually took its first lead during a three-goal run, capped by Shannan Pullara's first career goal that put the visitors up 11-10 at the 17:23 mark. Pullara, a freshman midfielder, had been injured and was playing in just her second career game.
The Scots never trailed again, going back ahead each time Allegheny tied it at 11, 12, 13, and 14. The Gators sent the game into overtime via their 13th goal with :56 remaining in regulation.
Both squads scored a single goal in the first overtime, with Wooster's coming from Eliza Perry.
As the game continued to a second overtime, meaning the next goal would end it, both goalkeepers matched each other with three saves apiece.
Perry netted four goals to pace the Scots, while Carey recorded a team-high two assists. Matching Carey with two goals were Clare Nelson-Johnson and Stone, who also tallied six groundballs.
Defensively, Shawna Ferris was credited with 13 saves, her second-highest total of the year.
Wooster returns to action on Saturday when it hosts rival Denison University (10-3, 3-0 NCAC) at 1 p.m.