Sophomore Amanda Takach (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) scored 20 seconds into the overtime period to give the field hockey team a 3-2 victory over Wheelock College in a non-conference contest on Saturday afternoon at Winsor Field.
Takach picked up a loose ball in a crowd of players in front of the cage and fired a shot that found its way past the Wheelock keeper at 70:20. The score was the fifth of the season for Takach. Johnson & Wales owned a 27-10 shot advantage and a 16-6 margin on penalty corners.
Wheelock got on the board first, following nearly 19 minutes of scoreless play when junior Valerie Ferrante (Milford, Mass.) was there to put in a rebounded shot. Johnson & Wales knotted the score with 4:47 left in the first half when junior forward Courtney McTague (Saugus, Mass.) tallied her fifth goal of the year with a shot in front of the cage.
JWU took its first lead of the afternoon at the 51:01 mark as Takach carried the ball to the right post and found senior forward Bethany Barrar (Somerset, Mass.) for the go-ahead score to give the Wildcats a 2-1 lead on her team-high ninth tally of the year. Wheelock answered just 1:46 later when freshman Metta Sairs (Montpelier, Vt.) fed sophomore midfielder Jen Ryan (Bellingham, Mass.) who scored on a shot just inside the far right post to knot the game at 2-2. After regulation ended in the deadlock, Takach provided her heroics early into the overtime session.
Senior Aughtum Slavin (Wilmington, Del.) made three defensive saves, while junior Maureen Clements (Gorham, Maine) notched a pair of defensive stops to lead the Johnson & Wales defense. Senior Michelle Greene (Mansfield, Mass.) recorded 17 saves in the loss for Wheelock.
With the win Johnson & Wales is now 5-12 on the season while Wheelock finishes the year at 1-14. The Wildcats will wrap up their inaugural season on Monday, October 28th when they travel to intra-state rival Roger Williams University at 7:00 p.m.