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WildCats Drop OT Heartbreaker to Ferrum in ODAC First Round Game

Marisa Santacruce kicks ball
Marisa Santacruce scored with 11 minutes left in regulation to tie the game.

FERRUM, Va. – The Randolph women's soccer team traveled to Ferrum College for an Old Dominion Athletic Conference First Round game on a cold Monday evening. The WildCats were able to force an extra period but the Panthers would score 25 seconds into overtime to win 2-1.

Ferrum advances to play Bridgewater in the semifinals on Wednesday. Randolph ends its season with a final record of 9-7.

The hosts got on the offensive early on the first half registering a shot on goal in the first three and a half minutes. Ferrum would strike at 8:30 on a goal by Victoria Wagner.

The WildCats did not record their first shot of the game until the 27th minute when Sara Bane's (Blue Ridge, Va./Lord Botetourt) attempt was blocked. Bane had a second shot go left of the goal in the 33rd minute as the score stood at 1-0 at halftime.

Both defenses stood firm in the second half with neither offense able to gain any momentum. Ferrum had a near goal at 73:11 but Casey Ragget's shot hit the post.

The 'Cats finally were able to break through with 11 minutes to play in regulation. Marisa Santacruce's (Chesapeake, Va./Hickory) long free kick found its way over the Ferrum defense and into the back of the net to tie the game at 1-1. Zoe Waring (Chesapeake, Va./Hickory) stopped two shots to send the game into overtime. Ferrum got a breakaway and caught the WildCat defense off guard as Raggett assisted Kayla Lentini on the game winner.

Waring finished with six saves on the night to give her 105 for the season. She is the first since Stephanie Quirk had 119 in 2015 to have 100 saves in a season.

Ferrum led in total shots 16-5. There were just four total corner kicks with Randolph holding the edge 3-1.

Randolph's nine wins are the most since 2012 and it is the team's first winning season since that year. The seven losses are the fewest since 2002.