Espinola, Forti Engineer Women's Soccer's 3-2 Double OT Triumph at Gordon

Jaime Espinola

Wenham, MA --- A strike from WPI midfielder Jaime Espinola (Greensboro, NC) with less than five minutes remaining in the second overtime ended a 2-2 tie between the Engineers and Fighting Scots to lift the Engineers to a 3-2 victory in a non-conference women's soccer matchup on Wednesday.

Gordon struck gold early with two goals in the game's first 20 minutes, but WPI chipped away at the lead before getting the golden goal off the boot of Espinola.

Gordon (2-1) was flying high coming into the contest with the Engineers after two thrilling victories over the weekend at Southern Maine. The Fighting Scots tallied 10 goals over the weekend and the Gordon keepers had kept opponents out of the net completely.

WPI (3-0) displayed similar results in their opening weekend tournament, beating their two opponents by a combine 13-0 on Saturday and Sunday.

With two high-powered offenses on the same pitch, scoring was to be expected from the opening whistle. Gordon and WPI did not disappoint, putting on a game for the ages in a rematch of last year's game in Worcester—a game Gordon won 2-0.

Hannah Midwinter (Barkhamsted, CT) continued her scoring tear in the game's 11th minute when she split three defenders through the middle of the field and placed a ball over the keeper's fingertips. Midwinter had two game-winners over the weekend, which leads the CCC after one week of play. The goal was her third of the young season.

Her quest for a third game-winner was aided in the 21st minute when freshman Kara Dry (Madison, CT) took control of a clear attempt and lofted the ball over the goalkeeper's head for the 2-0 lead.

The glory was short-lived as the Engineers responded less than a minute later with a goal of their own. WPI senior forward Megan Forti (Lynn, MA) found herself with the ball in the middle of a scrum and chipped the ball over Kari Christensen (Standish, ME) into the left corner of the goal.

Five minutes before the end of the half, Forti would get loose from her defender and deliver another looping shot out of the reach of Christensen for the equalizer. Forti's two goals give her five scores through only three games. She entered the season with 20 in her three-year career.

The second half became a defensive battle on both sides of the field, but WPI continued to pepper the Gordon defense with close shots. Katie Mader (Scarborough, ME) came in for relief of Christensen to begin the second half and made several key saves to keep the Engineers out of the net in regulation.

A first overtime came and went without any real chances at a score, setting up a final sudden victory period.

Gordon almost poked a ball into the goal early in the second overtime period off of a Julia Miller (New York, NY) corner kick. Maddie Willer (Penfield, NY) made a save to preserve the tie for the time being.

With a little less than five minutes remaining in the final period, Forti was once again knocking at the door. She advanced the ball past the midfield and took a blazing shot the ricocheted off of a Gordon defender. The ball fell into the lap of Espinola who made quick work of the situation to end the game effectively.

It was Espinola's first game-winning goal of her career.

Mader and Christensen combined for nine saves for the Scots, while Willer picked up three of her own in the victory.

WPI plays Salem State at 3pm on Saturday and the Fighting Scots return to the pitch on the same day to play Suffolk University at home.  

Release Courtesy Gordon Sports Information