Wellesley's Lauren Cuddy scored a pair of second half goals to break a 1-1 tie and lead the Raiders girls' soccer squad to a 3-1 win over visiting Walpole in a Bay State Conference Herget Division match Thursday afternoon at Sprague Field.
"I'm super proud," said Raider coach Kristen Walsh. "They had to come from behind so that was great."
After a scoreless first half, Walpole drew first blood in the 46th minute. Bianca Webb answered for Wellesley four minutes later, assisted by Annie Valle.
Twelve minutes later, Cuddy netted the tiebreaker, capitalizing on a one-on-one opportunity to score the go-ahead goal.
"It was sort of a 1-v-1 situation," said Cuddy, "and my head was really in it and I was just going for it. It was like the whole game was on the line."
Cuddy added an insurance goal for Wellesley in the 73rd minute, finishing from the ground off a feed from Webb.
"They came out much stronger in the second half then they did in the first half," said Walsh. "The first goal was a nice goal and the other two I think came off the momentum. Once you get the momentum you can keep it going."
Wellesley (2-1-1) hopes to the keep the momentum of this win going when they host Weymouth on the turf of Sprague Field at 3:45 next Thursday, Sept. 22.
"I'm pleasantly surprised," said Walsh. "They really are starting to pull together as a team."
Walpole 1, Wellesley Boys' Soccer 0
The Wellesley boys' soccer team saw its season-opening, three-game winning streak come to an end against Walpole as the Rebels shutout the Raiders 1-0 Thursday afternoon at Turco Field.
Walpole capitalized on a second-chance opportunity five minutes into the second half to score the game's only goal and just the second score the Raiders senior goalie Andrew Suttle has allowed in four games.
Wellesley nearly netted the tying goal but Walpole's keeper made a great save on a free kick by Kevin O'Brien just outside the box, allowing the Rebels to hold on for the win.
"I was happy with the performance and take strength from the character that my boys showed trying to level the game," said Wellesley coach Colm Hamill. "Its the first time we have been behind this season and we did everything but score."
Defense and great goaltending dominated the game as the Rebels locked down on the Raiders' Reyn Wagenaar and Gray Louis.
"Both teams had chances in the first half but either through wasteful finishing and excellent goalkeeping the game went in at the half 0-0," said Hamill. "We now forget about this result and go into a very tough week next week with two away games Medfield ( non-league) and Weymouth. I am looking forward to my players' response."