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Brandeis nips Panthers in OT

WALTHAM, Mass. - Junior Melissa Delowe (San Ramon, Cal.) scored 3:49 into the first overtime Wednesday afternoon to give the Brandeis University women's soccer team a 3-2 overtime win over visiting Plymouth State College on Gordon Field.

Brandeis (8-7-1) rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit to snap a two-game losing skid. The Judges started the comeback in the 55th minute when sophomore Skylar Buchanan (Leonardo, N.J.) put home a ball deflected across the goal mouth by Delowe following service by senior back Sarah Davis (Plattsburgh, N.Y.). Sophomore Jillian Peo (Stow, MA) forced the overtime by collecting the ball following a corner and blasting it home from 15 yards out in the 63rd minute. The Judges scored the game-winner in near darkness when Buchanan found an open Delowe at the top of the six-yard box.

Plymouth State (4-10-1) opened the lead in the first half on the first of two goals by senior Sandra Petlick (New Castle, N.H.). Petlick broke free and streaked to the left side of the box, but shot it just inside the far post in the 17th minute. Panther back Holly Levesque (Nashua, NH/Nashua) fed Petlick for a similar goal in the same area of the field at the 22-minute mark to put PSC up 2-0.

Wednesday's performance was the eighth time in Petlick's career that she has scored at least two goals in a game, and gives her a team-high seven goals this season. She is also moving up on PSC's all-time scoring lists, improving her career totals to 29 goals and 65 points. Petlick passed Lisa Freda (28 goals from 1993-96) for fifth pace on PSC's career list for goals, and moved into eighth place on the all-time points list.

With the triumph, Brandeis doubles their win total from a year ago. It was also the first victory in 16 meetings for the Judges in their series with Plymouth State.

Brandeis closes out their regular season on Saturday at the University of Rochester, while PSC wraps up the regular season with a Little East Conference game Saturday at UMass-Dartmouth. The Panthers can finish anywhere between fourth and seventh in the LEC, depending on the results of several conference games this week. The top six teams qualify for the LEC Tournament, which begins next Tuesday (Nov. 5).

(Courtesy Brandeis Sports Information)