September 5, 2014

Grove City falls to Adrian on golden goal

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's soccer team rallied from a first half deficit to force overtime, but Adrian scored just 48 seconds into the second overtime period to defeat the Wolverines 2-1 on Friday afternoon at College Field.

After an even opening 20 minutes of play, Adrian controlled play over the final 25 minutes of the first half and found their break in the 40th minute when a Grove City defensive breakdown allowed Katt Sutherland a one-on-one opportunity with Wolverine senior goalkeeper Kristi Lathrop (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central). Sutherland would draw Lathrop right before slotting the ball inside the left post to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.

Grove City would take the momentum in the second half, and the Wolverines found the equalizer in the 73rd minute when senior Sarah Flenniken (Hudson, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian) found junior Abby Mathes (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle)cutting toward goal. Mathes' intended through-ball to junior Sammie Wild (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) trickled past Adrian's goalkeeper and a defender to even the score at 1-1.

The goal was the first for Mathes since October 16, 2012 against Chatham while Flenniken recorded her first assist of the year.

The Wolverines would continue to control play for the remainder of the half, but Adrian nearly netted the game-winner with just two minutes remaining. Lathrop would come out of goal in an attempt to stop a counter-attack breakaway, but Haley Smith touched the ball past Lathrop before sailing a shot wide left of the goal.

In the first overtime period, Grove City put three shots on frame, but Lexi Lewandowski and the Bulldog defense came up with three timely saves.

Just 48 seconds into the second overtime period, Adrian's Carlin O'Malley centered a ball to Erin Weide, who blasted a shot from inside the box over Lathrop and into the top of the goal for the game-winner.

Lathrop stopped six shots in goal for the Wolverines in the loss. Grove City held a 20-15 advantage in total shots, including a 10-8 advantage in shots on goal.

The Wolverines return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Allegheny for a 4:30 p.m. non-conference match.

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