DOVER, Del. – Senior backer Kasey Fry's golden goal in the first overtime period put the second-seeded Wesley College field hokey team over the third seed Marywood Pacers, 1-0 in the Atlantic East Conference Championship Tournament Semifinals.
Wesley put the pressure on Marywood early in the first half, holding the 6-0 shot on goal advantage in the opening frame. In the 16th minute of the game, Kristen Fuhr had two chances at goal to force a penalty corner. After the penalty corner, Jessica Behornar's shot on goal was stopped by a diving Kerri Mountz to keep the game scoreless.
Marywood turned the tides on Wesley in the second half of the game but Wesley's defense held tight. Sidney Knott made a pair of saves in the second half to help force overtime. In the 38th minute, Natalie Quigley recorded her seventh defensive save of the season.
When the field opened in the 7-on-7 overtime, Wesley showed off their speed and aggressiveness. Kaila Hindt had a breakaway chance in the 72nd minute but Mountz made another save to keep Wesley out of the net.
In the 73rd minute, a Hindt penalty corner to Fry was stopped by the last minute by Marywood's Michaela Schmidt forced another penalty corner.
On the ensuing penalty corner, Fry's blast got through the Marywood defense and into the conference championship game.
Wesley held the 15-10 edge in shots but Marywood had a 8-6 advantage in penalty corners.
Wesley (8-10) will await the winner of the Neumann-Gwynedd Mercy game to determine their opponent in the first ever Atlantic East Conference Championship game on Saturday.