ST. MARY'S CITY, Md - The Virginia Wesleyan University women's soccer team defeated St. Mary's, 3-2, in overtime Wednesday afternoon on the road. With the victory, the Marlins improve to 4-1-2 on the season while St. Mary's falls to 2-4-0.
Tied 2-2 after regulation, the Marlins entered their fifth-straight overtime game. Nearly halfway through the 10 minute period, Virginia Wesleyan got some offense going. The play began as Abby Peterson found Reina Araujo in the offensive third. Araujo then sent a centering pass that found Carleigh Van Reenen. The sophomore corralled the pass and sent a ball past the netminder to give the Marlins their fourth win of the year and second-straight OT victory.
Virginia Wesleyan got things moving quickly to start the contest, scoring moments into the game. Peterson began the play as she looped a ball from the near sideline near the top of the box. The ball skipped across some heads and landed at the foot of Araujo. Araujo gathered and turned before firing a shot that beat the keeper, putting the visitors up 1-0 just 1:27 into the contest.
Early in the second half, the Marlins were able to double their lead. Off of some build up from a free kick, the ball eventually landed at Pedicone's feet near the 18-yard box. The junior sent a ball towards the center where it was met by Ryan McCurry. McCurry gathered the ball and shielded from two defenders, all while Pedicone floated in above her. The senior then laid it off to her teammate who ripped a shot that beat the goalie. St. Mary's would net two near the end of regulation to send the game into extra time.
Women's soccer will return to action again in 10 days as the team will square off against Roanoke on the road.