DOVER, Del. - It took an extraordinary effort for Camden, Del. native Adrian Coverdale to earn his first career collegiate goal, but it came at just the right time. The freshman's header gave the Wesley College men's soccer team a 2-1 overtime victory over nearby Washington College on Wednesday night at Drass Field.
After a foul near midfield in the 94th minute, Kyle Jackson teed up a beautiful serve to the back post where Coverdale elevated over a much larger defender, got his head on the ball, and sent it floating over the Washington College keeper and into the side netting for the golden goal and the victory.
The overtime score completed a comeback that began in the 84th minute. Trailing 1-0, Wesley needed an equalizer. Coverdale received a ball in the midfield and played it up the left flank to Danny Garza. Garza slipped a pass inside the six-yard box where Will Mileski beat the Washington College keeper to the ball and flicked it just past him, rolling it into the net for the tying score.
The Shoremen had taken the lead nearly 20 minutes early in the 64th minute. Chris Lewandowski beat a received a pass near the right corner of the 18-yard box, beat a defender to the middle of the field and fired a knuckling shot at Wesley goalkeeper Zack Baker. Baker parried the shot but the rebound went right to Shoremen midfielder Drew Thompson, who finished off the goal to give the visitors a 1-0 advantage.
Baker finished with three saves and allowed the lone goal in 93:39 in net to earn the win for the Wolverines. Washington College goalkeeper Jon Wendeborn made four saves but took the loss between the pipes.
The late heroics by the Wolverines gave the Wesley side their second victory of the season, and their first of the year at home. The squad improves to 2-5-1 on the season and will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 26 when they host Mary Washington in both team's Capital Athletic Conference opener.