W&L’s late goal secures thrilling 4-3 win over Arcadia
HAVERFORD, Pa. — Two goals in the final 11 minutes of the game helped Washington Women’s Soccer Team and Lee to a dramatic 4-3 win over Arcadia on Sunday afternoon to close out the Haverford kickoff Middle School. Classic.
The Generals (1-0-1) trailed 3-2 until the 80th minute of the game. On offense, W&L evened things up with 10:45 left when the senior defender Brenna Wehner (Crosswicks, NJ / The Hun School of Princeton) got a cross from the right side into senior midfield Grace Wielechowski (Charlotte, NC / Charlotte Catholic) in the middle of the box. From inside the six, Wielechowski stretched his left leg and redirected the ball past the keeper for the equaliser.
With just 2:43 left in the game, the Generals played a short corner kick from the left side. First year Bryn Bissinger (Greenville, SC / St. Joseph’s Catholic) then sent a cross to the box where freshman Sydney Devory (Ruckersville, Va./William Monroe) scored the go-ahead goal from close range.
The game went scoreless for more than 25 minutes of the first half, but the Knights then scored two goals just 82 seconds apart. The first came unassisted from Abby Stephens, while the second was scored by Taylor Gubler from a Caroline Weirich pass.
W&L responded quickly, however, as a senior striker Lindsay White (Greenville, SC/JL Mann) put the team on the board in the 31st minute from the penalty spot. The Generals then leveled with 4:22 remaining in the first half when a Bissinger free-kick just outside the box and to the left side found Wehner at the far post for the score.
Bissinger and Wehner led the attack for the Blue and Whites, scoring two goals each. Wehner’s three points (one goal, one assist) marked a new career high, while Bissinger had the first two assists of his college career. Wielechowski and White finished with a goal and two shots apiece, and Devory scored his first career goal. First year Helene Otteni (Arlington, Va./The Potomac School) had a record five shot attempts.
In goal, junior Sidney Smith (Damascus, Md./Damascus) (1-0-1) played the full length of the game and made four saves for the win.
For the Knights, Gubler, Stephens and Emily Di Silverio each scored once and combined for four shots. Weirich finished with an assist and two shots, while Riley Ratcliffe rounded out Arcadia’s three with several shot attempts. Abigail Fuchs started in goal and made six saves in the first half. Jordan Polen (0-2) played the second half, but suffered the loss after stopping three shots.
The shots favored the Generals by a 19-11 tally in the game, including a 13-6 W&L advantage in the first half. W&L also took six corner kicks and conceded none.
The Generals will return to action on Saturday when they host Franklin and Marshall in their home opener at 1:00 p.m.