WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Wellesley College rookie Melise Knowles (Diablo, Calif.) scored the golden goal midway through double overtime as the Blue gave the Lynx their first setback of the season, 1-0, on Wednesday afternoon. The victory marks Wellesley's third in a row as they impove to 4-1 on the season while Lesley drops to 3-1.
In the 106th minute of play, junior Abigail Hess (Claremont, Calif.) sent a one-touch pass through to Knowles who finished the ball in the left side netting for the win. The goal was the second of the season for Knowles.
Wellesley ended the game with a 15-5 advantage in shots, including a 4-1 edge in overtime. The Blue also held a 7-1 edge in corner kicks.
Wellesley controlled play in the first half, racking up three shots and three corners in the first 31 minutes. Lesley responded with a flurry of attempts with just under ten minutes to play in the half, as senior Jasmine Sanchez (Chino, Calif.) hit the crossbar and classmate Marysol Flores (Pico Rivera, Calif.) had her attempt saved by the Wellesley keeper Claire Cerda (Coral Gables, Fla.).
The Blue outshot the Lynx 7-1 in the second half, with six of the team's attempts coming in the first 12 minutes of the stanza. Lesley junior Jackie Berard (Coventry, R.I.) made three saves during the stretch to keep the game scoreless, where it would stand at the end of regulation.
Wellesley seemingly scored the game-winner late in the first overtime period. Junior Juliette Fry (Atlanta, Ga.) got a breakaway and launched a nice shot that was saved by Berard. The ball then rebounded to Hess who found the back of the net, but the Blue were called for offsides and the goal was waived off, sending the game to the second extra period.
Lesley had a corner kick attempt early in the final overtime, but the Wellesley defense held strong, setting up Knowles' game-winner.
Wellesley's Cerda got the win, making three saves in 105:15. Berard made six saves for the Lynx.
Lesley returns to the pitch on Friday, September 12th when they travel to MIT for a 7:00pm start. Wellesley next plays on Saturday, September 13th at Regis where they will take on the Pride at 1:00pm.