Peters scores game-tying and game-winning goal for the Blue and White
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Wheaton College first-year midfielder Katie Peters (Medway, Mass./Medway) ushered in the Lyons' 2014 season in thrilling fashion as she netted both the game-tying and game-winning goals to propel the Blue and White past UMass Dartmouth, 3-2, in overtime on Friday night at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Athletics Complex in Providence, Rhode Island.
Trailing 2-1 with less than five minutes to play in the contest, Peters converted a nice feed from senior co-captain Tracy McCann (Westerly, R.I./Lincoln School) into the cage to even the score at 2-2 and force the eventual overtime session. Peters then wasted little time making her collegiate debut a memorable one as she tucked a shot into the top left corner of the cage off a pass from Amelia Gage (Lebanon, N.H./Lebanon) at the 79:53 mark to complete the comeback victory for Wheaton.
Much like the second half and overtime, the action was back and forth in the opening stanza as well. Lyons' sophomore Darci Bruce (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) finally broke up the scoreless contest at 33:59 putting home a loose ball through traffic in front of the net.
UMass Dartmouth responded quickly in the second half when Jill Levrault (Somerset, Mass./ Somerset-Berkley Regional) fed the ball to Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass./Littleton) at 49:44, which knotted the game at 1-1. The Corsairs scored again in 54th minute as junior Ali Ladue (Bridgewater, Mass. /Bridgewater-Raynham) tapped in a feed from Emily Anderson (Medway, Mass./Medway) to take a 2-1 advantage.
The Lyons were led offensively by Peters who tallied four shots (three on net), and Bruce who recorded two shots of her own (one on net). Senior netminder Madison Wolters (Marstons Mills, Mass./Barnstable) saved three shots in the win.
Kish paced the Corsairs with three shots (two on net) and a goal, while Caroline Daubitz (Agawam, Mass./Agawam), Chelsey Campbell (Barre, Mass./Quabbin Regional) and Delaney Burns (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) each tallied a shot for UMass Dartmouth.
Wheaton (1-0) will travel to Johnson and Wales (R.I.) tomorrow for a match against non-conference opponent Salve Regina University at 4:30 p.m. UMass Dartmouth (0-1) also stays put at Johnson and Wales tomorrow to take on the Wildcats at 7:00 p.m.