According to MaxPreps.com, Wakefield entered Thursday night’s contest as the nation’s top-ranked girls soccer team. Its opponent, Millbrook came in as the twelfth best team in the country. It took 99 minutes and 58 seconds for the Wolverines to escape a trip to the loss column for the first time this season.
2.1 seconds away from a 2-1 double overtime loss, Wakefield sophomore McRae Calhoun poked in a loose ball from ten feet out to tie the score, and shock those in attendance at Millbrook. With virtually no time left on the clock, the two teams played to a 2-2 draw.
Calhoun’s tally capped off a late surge by the Wolverines who maintained possession of the ball for a majority of the game’s final two minutes. Wakefield forced extra time after netting an equalizer with 14:27 remaining in regulation.
Down 1-0, Camille Jernigan snuck a ball past the Wildcat defense, right to the foot of a cutting Rachel Crum who found the back of the net for her fourth goal of the year.
Millbrook’s offense once again came from Alexis Strickland, the Cap-8 Conference’s leading goal scorer entering Thursday’s match. The sophomore forward registered a goal in both regulation, and extra time for her sixth multi-goal game of the season.
Maya Celetti helped the Wildcats break the ice seven minutes into the second half. Her cross to Strickland for the top-shelf header gave Millbrook a 1-0 advantage. Strickland earned the go-ahead score in overtime after eluding three defenders, and sinking a shot upper-right past Rachael Hennenkamp.
Hennenkamp allowed the two goals, but stopped ten shots in 100 minutes between the pipes for Wakefield. Her counterpart, Hayleigh Pack made four saves on six shots.
Wakefield’s unblemished record takes a hit with the draw as it moves to 15-0-1 on the year. Millbrook played to its third tie of the season, bringing its overall record to 13-1-3, the only loss coming in March at Wakefield.
The regular season comes to an end next week as Millbrook wraps up its conference slate with a pair of home matches; Monday versus Leesville Road, and Wednesday versus Sanderson.
Wakefield will host its last home game of the regular season on Monday when Heritage pays visit; the Wolverines hit the road to play at Leesville Road on Wednesday. All contests are scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m..