MIDDLETOWN, CONN. – It only took 2 minutes of overtime for the Ephs' Bobby Fabricant to find the back of the net after making a diving header off a rebound off the crossbar. Fabricant's header came about as Demian Gass lasered a shot on goal from the top of the box that forced Wesleyan keeper Liam Devanny to elevate to try and stop. The ball eluded the hands of Devanny and struck the crossbar, bouncing six yards out from the goal. Felitto raced forward and dove at the ball and drove it with his head into the goal for the game-winner.
The late goal saw the Ephs improve their record to (1-2-1/ 1-1 NESCAC) and left the Wesleyan Cardinals with a record of (1-1-1/0-1-1 NESCAC).
Both teams started the game strong, pushing forward and moving the ball quickly. Wesleyan saw their first threatening chance after only 2 minutes. The Cardinals' Mike Gallo was on the receiving end of wide cross, but headed the ball just wide. The Ephs' first threatening attack came in the 17th minute when Demian Gass received a long ball in the box and challenged Wesleyan's goalkeeper Liam Devanny, who made a courageous save.
Much of the first half was played in the central third of the field, where Williams and Wesleyan struggled to maintain possession.
In the 35th minute, Williams finally pushed ahead. Defender Andrew Matthew took a free kick from the defensive third and sent the ball over to the Cardinal box, where Demian Gass, who was waiting for the ball, turned, jumped, and fired a bicycle kick into the back of the net past the helpless goalkeeper.
Wesleyan responded less than two minutes later, when Steven Perchuk passed the ball into the box to Alec Hass, who was all too happy to turn and send the ball towards goal. Williams goalkeeper Michael Davis got fingertips to ball, but was not able to keep it out of the net.
The goal saw Wesleyan into halftime, even with Little Three rival Williams, 1-1.
The second half started slowly, as both teams struggled to link passes consistently. Possession changed quickly and neither team was able to string together a strong attack. The teams struggled in the central third throughout the half. The only threatening chance came from the Ephs in the 83rd minute, when Nick Ranieri took a free kick from the top right corner of the Wesleyan box. He sent the ball sailing towards the top left corner of the goal, but it hit the post and a defender cleared the ball.
After 90 minutes the two rivals were deadlocked at one goal apiece.
Tired after 90 minutes of hard play, the two teams began play in overtime. In less than 2 minutes, Demian Gass got a long shot off from outside the box. He connected with the post, but Bobby Fabricant, who was in the box, saw the ball into the back of the net with a diving header, winning the game for the Ephs.
Eph head coach Erin Sullivan, noted: "Our squad battled hard today against a well-coached Wesleyan side. It was a grind for both teams, but road victories are always difficult. In the end we had a couple moments of excellent quality from seniors that decided the match, two truly remarkable goals. Many players stepped up today and are continuing to contribute through a stretch of heavy injuries. This is a testament to their work ethic and readiness. Our team's depth and unselfishness could become huge strengths if we stay focused on our collective goals."
Throughout the game, the Ephs took 16 shots (10 on target) and the Cardinals took 11 (5 on target). Eph keeper Michael Davis recorded 4 saves and Cardinals keeper Liam Devanny saved 7 shots in today's game.
The Ephs are looking forward to their next game tomorrow at Babson tomorrow at 2:00 PM.