Dover, Del. - Wesley jumped to a 3-0 lead, but a dramatic comeback by visiting Gwynedd-Mercy forced an overtime period where Wesley's Brooke Tadlock (Middletown, Del.) scored her third goal of the game only 37 seconds in giving the Wolverines an important home victory on Senior Day.
The Wolverines started the game on a mission, by putting constant pressure on the Griffins as they produced 15 shots in the first half of play. Wesley's senior Samantha Marconi (Haddon Township, N.J.) scored the first two goals of the game in the 2nd and 11th minute of play. Marconi, having a break out season for the Wolverines, has scored 7 goals in the 2008 campaign.
Tadlock scored the first of her three goals in the 39th minute to give Wesley a healthy 3 goal lead. But the Griffins shrugged off the big lead and started a furious comeback in the second half of play.
Gwynedd-Mercy's Dottie O'Neill scored twice to cut Wesley's lead to one by the 52nd minute. Both of O'Neill's goals came from tough play in front of the net with a deflection and a rebound goal.
Shaking off the shock, Wesley's Tadlock added her second goal in the 59th minute giving the Wolverines another two goal lead.
But, the Griffins would score in the 65th minute by Elizabeth Walton, and again by O'Neill in the 68th to knot the score at 4 a piece at the end of regulation.
In the end, the Wolverines only needed 37 second in the first overtime period to bring home the win. Tadlock picked up the ball about 35 yards out and took it the distance for the score and the win.
The win put Wesley back over the .500 mark with a 5-4 record. Four Wesley College seniors; Jade Martin (Cape May, N.J.), Samantha Marconi, Mallory McCardell (Elkton, Md.), and Rich'd Johnson (Paulsboro, N.J.)enjoyed the festivities and the win on Senior Day.
Wesley travels to Route 13 rival Salisbury University on Wednesday, Oct 1 for a Captial Athletic Conference matchup with the 7-2 Seagulls, who are also ranked #9 nationally in the latest NFHCA poll.