UNION – Wesley College senior Brooke Tadlock scored the game-winning goal eight minutes into overtime to lift the Wolverines to a 2-1 victory over host Kean University in the season opener on Wednesday evening at Kean Alumni Stadium.
Tadlock scored both goals for Wesley (1-0), while rookie Makia Sturgis netted the lone goal for the Cougars (0-1) in the season opener.
After a scoreless opening 30 minutes of play in the first half, the Wolverines struck first as Tadlock netted the opening goal off the assist from freshman Madison Leone at 31:25. The Cougars answered right back however, as Sturgis worked her way through the Wesley defense and found the back of the cage just 61 seconds later to tie the game back up.
The teams would battle to a scoreless second half, setting up the extra session. With each team allowed just seven players on the field, both teams had scoring chances before Tadlock found the back of the cage past a diving Lauren Dobbs for the golden goal midway through the overtime.
Dobbs made nine saves in goal for the Cougars, while Wesley keeper Sarah Johnson stopped two shots.
The Cougars return to action on Friday, Sept. 3, as the Cougars face-off against Misericordia University in the Mule Classic at Muhlenberg College.
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