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 Witches sent a ball over the top up the middle and scored on the ensuing breakaway. It was just the 10th goal sophomore Kellie Souza allowed in 19 games this season. “To their credit, it was a very nice goal,” Hendee said. “The kids actually recovered very well from it because they were certainly extremely frustrated. We had many more opportunities to score than Danvers did and we just couldn’t [finish]. . . . They did a fantastic job of not allowing the momentum to carry over into the overtimes.” About 15 minutes of game time later, Grasso ended it. Up next for the Wildcats is a semifinal matchup with the winner of Tuesday’s Salem-Arlington contest.
Wilmington 2, Danvers 1
Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at Wilmington
Updated: Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, 9:38 p.m.