Wooster Comes Back from Early Deficit, Tops Defiance 2-1

Sophia Garfinkel
Sophia Garfinkel

After falling behind on the scoreboard for the first time this season, The College of Wooster quickly bounced back to tie Sunday's game at the Marietta Soccer Classic, then with a second-half goal, went on to a 2-1 victory over Defiance College in a tilt at Marietta, Ohio.

Wooster, now off to a 4-0 start for the first time since the 2008 season, was on the short end of the scoreboard when Defiance (2-2) slipped one in during the 20th minute, but it only took the Fighting Scots 3:28 to even the game. It was freshman Kennedy Payne with her third career goal, dribbling in and driving the ball into the upper right of the net.

That was all of the scoring in a first half that saw Wooster own a 7-2 shot advantage, and the Scots were even more dominant in the second, taking 10 attempts on the offensive end and holding the Yellow Jackets without a shot.

The game-winner was courtesy of another first-year, as Kathleen Kalafatis found an opening in the lower right after receiving a cross from Sophia Garfinkel in the 72nd minute. Like Payne, Kalafatis also has three goals in four career games.

During the two games this weekend, the Wooster defense yielded just four combined shots. Contributors on that side of the ball include defenders Rachael Davis, Carly Joliat, and Paige Madden, while also deserving credit for maintaining possession are midfielders Lauren Hancher, Kyrsten Kamlowsky, and Gabi Morrison among others.

Next, the Scots will be at Case Western Reserve University (2-1) on Tuesday night.