Candace Corkin's Late Goal Pushes No. 12 Trojans Past Wingate 6-5

Candace Corkin's Late Goal Pushes No. 12 Trojans Past Wingate 6-5

Claire Wigler scored the tying goal with just under 12 minutes left to play and assisted on Candace Corkin's game-winner four minutes later as No. 12 University of Mount Olive defeated Wingate University 6-5 Sunday afternoon in non-conference women's lacrosse at Wingate, N.C. Mount Olive outscored Wingate 4-2 in second half.

Mount Olive (4-0) broke out of the gates as Alysha Kulka scored the game's first goal with 25:15 left in the first half. Wingate (0-1) found the equalizer minutes later as Shannon O'Neal buried a shot with 23:31 remaining. The Bulldogs went on to score two more goals and took a 3-1 lead with over 20 minutes left in the opening half.

Kulka got the last word as she was able to find open space and pick up one final goal before halftime and the Trojans trailed by one.

Wigler kicked off the second half with a goal 4:15 into the final half. Caity Hamilton found Wigler for the equalizer and the game was tied at three. Over the next 12 minutes Mount Olive and Wingate exchanged goals with the Bulldogs taking a 5-4 lead with 14:23 left in the game.

The Trojans looked to make a push for the win in the final 12 minutes. Wigler tied the up the game with a unassisted goal with 11:56. After tying the game, Wigler went on to help her teammate Candace Corkin with 8:10 left. Corkin received the pass from Wigler and struck for goal to give Mount Olive a 6-5 lead. The goal became the game-winner as the Trojan defense denied an opportunity to tie the game and force overtime.

Brittany Barron led the defense with three ground balls, two draw controls, and two caused turnovers. Kaitlyn Stockstad also added two draw controls and a caused turnover. Kulka's three goals led the offense. 

After playing three road games in five days this past week, Mount Olive has nearly a week off before playing host to Pfeiffer University Saturday in a Conference Carolinas match-up. Game time is 4 p.m. at Amon Field.