Veronica Barat’s half-volley strike four minutes into overtime sent Mount Pleasant to a 2-1 victory over Newark in girls soccer action Monday afternoon.
Mount controlled the early run of play, but a turnover placed the ball on the foot of Newark’s Chloe Frantz, and the sophomore weaved her way through the Green Knights’ defense before sending a shot from the right side of the catch inside the far post for the 1-0 lead.
Newark’s Alexis Smoot made several key saves in the middle of the first half, including one where she tapped a shot over the crossbar, but Mount finally found an equalizer.
Freshman Alex Davis sent a cross from just outside the penalty area right onto the foot of Kadria Simms, and she made no doubt with a half-volley goal that tied the game at 1.
Both teams would have opportunities in a 2nd half that started in a drizzle and ended in a deluge, but neither could break the 1-1 score.
In overtime, Mount had just missed one scoring opportunity, when a second attempt was cleared away by a Newark header. Unfortunately for the Yellowjackets, that ended up going straight to Barat, who somewhat settled the bouncing ball with her right leg, then uncorked a left-footed shot that snuck inside the far post to set off an abbreviated celebration.
With the heavy rain falling, both varsity teams quickly shook hands and raced inside to dry off.
Mount Pleasant outshot Newark 11-3, but Smoot’s nine saves kept the Yellowjackets in the game.
Circe D’Ambrosio made two stops to earn the win for Mount Pleasant.
The Green Knights (1-0-1) travel to Appoquinimink on Wednesday, while Newark hosts Middetown Friday night at 6:30.