RALEIGH — Rachel Towner’s goal in the 97th minute of play gave visiting Wakefield a 3-2 overtime win at Broughton on Wednesday night.
Towner used her speed to take an extra step with the ball instead of cutting back, putting her in a better position to score, said Wakefield coach Derek Williams.
She surged past the Capitals’ defense, sending a shot to the back right of the net for the win.
Williams said a key to the victory was ball control.
“We kept the ball. Today we possessed the ball incredibly well,” he said. “Everything that needed to happen (for us to win) happened, and the girls got what they deserved,” he added.
Wakefield jumped on top 1-0 less than nine minutes into the game when Adrianna Hughes – assisted by Kat McDonald – rifled a shot from the left side of the box to the right of the net.
The Caps would answer with consecutive goals by Kristen Cherry and Clay Weaver.
Wakefield tied the game 2-2 on Ashley Stratford’s goal with 14:15 remaining, and the score didn’t change until Towner’s goal.