Wake Forest ties it up in overtime against Northwestern

Wake Forest evened up its record at 4-4 on Saturday with a 3-2 overtime win over Northwestern.

The Wildcats took a 2-0 lead early, thanks to two goals on shots from midfielders Devin Cross and Alex Erickson. It was the only two shots the Wildcats took in the first half, despite outshooting Wake by 11-7.

But Wake came back in the second half. Brian Hill scored his second goal of the game in the 46th minute to tie the game. A long-range shot from Brian Wittenmyer hit off the crossbar. His corner kick, which ended up in the goal netting, allowed Hill to score his second goal.

After Northwestern had scored its first goal, Wake Forest managed to hold off Northwestern for most of the second half. It wasn’t until overtime that the game was decided.

Northwestern got off the first shot of the overtime period and Sam Johnson nearly won the game for the Wildcats with a diving header just in front of the goal netting. But Wake Forest goalie Zach Sproule saved it and the score remained 2-2.

After a scoreless first 30 seconds of overtime, Brandon LaRavia scored on an easy header. Syracuse transfer Corey Coffman nearly scored the game-winner shortly after. The shot from 25 yards out just missed the net, and the game went to overtime.

Sproule finished with 14 saves and was named the game’s MVP.

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