The Wilmington girls’ soccer team had not allowed a goal in nearly a month — not since a 2-1 win over Winchester Oct. 10 — entering Monday’s contest against Danvers, and the streak-snapping tally came at one of the worst possible times: in the final 10 seconds of regulation in a playoff game.
But fortunately for the top-seeded Wildcats (17-1-1), senior Cassie Grasso scored halfway through the second overtime to lift the hosts to victory, 2-1, over the ninth-seeded Falcons (12-7-1) in the Division 2 North quarterfinals.
“It was a huge scrum that was three or four shots in front of the net,” Wilmington coach Sue Hendee said. “Cassie just came through and buried it.”
Freshman Kayla McCauley gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute when she put away a rebound.
The score stayed that way until the Falcons sent a ball over the top up the middle and scored on the ensuing breakaway.
It was just the 10th goal sophomore Kellie Souza had allowed in 19 games this season.
About 15 minutes of game time later, Grasso ended it.
Bishop Stang 1, Dover-Sherborn 0 — Senior Casey Meissner scored in the 86th minute for the second-seeded Spartans. Junior Meghan Hall had 11 saves for the Raiders.
Hamilton-Wenham 3, Weston 0 — Emma Beane, Jillian Kefalas, and Maddi Berthoud each had a goal and an assist for the Generals.
Beverly 2, Northeast 1 — Senior captain Graham Doherty scored in the second overtime. Senior Sean Curtain also scored for the Panthers.
Wilmington 2, Weston 0 — Jimmy Murphy scored two first-half goals to lead the 11th-ranked Wildcats (17-2-1). Luke Foley recorded his 13th shutout with four saves.
North Reading 1, Marblehead 0 — Junior Jake Intorcio scored with 10 minutes to go, lifting the sixth-seeded Hornets.
Cohasset 2, Carver 1 — Junior Adam Benson scored for Cohasset in the first half, but the Skippers conceded a goal with 13 minutes left in regulation. After two scoreless overtime periods, the Skippers won the game 0n penalty kicks.
Dennis-Yarmouth 1, Franklin 0 — Tori O’Dea scored the winner for the Dolphins.
Barnstable 3, Walpole 0 — The top-seeded Red Raiders coasted behind 15 kills by Ciara Bruning and 13 kills by Hannah Andres.