The Phoenix (9-3-2, 3-1 SoCon) was able to pull off a victory over the upset-minded Eagles (2-10-1, 0-2-1 SoCon) at the first night game hosted at Eagle Field.
The match was the Elon’s third straight of extra time and fifth overall on the season as the Phoenix improved to 3-1-1 in those games.
The bench for Elon was key in Saturday’s contest as Waterman added his first goals of the 2012 campaign. The sophomore forward added his first strike in the 23rd minute after a run through the midfield and as pass by Chris Thomas that found him at the penalty spot.
Three minutes later, Waterman would add his second score of the contest in the 26th minute on another Thomas helper as the Bloomington, Ind., native dribbled up the right flank and received the pass across the face of the net for an empty-net goal giving Elon a 2-0 advantage.
The Eagles would respond quickly, however, with their own goal just minutes later, cutting their deficit to 2-1 on a Drew Ruggles score.
Georgia Southern’s Norton brothers combined for the first time this season in the 67th minute for the game-tying goal. Reed played the ball into the box on the ground, allowing brother Hunter to get on the end of the pass. He faked left, forcing the keeper to dive then finished into the bottom right corner of the net.
Over the next 20 minutes, neither team could gain an advantage until Thomas found the net in the 88th-minute of play. Thomas fired his 17th strike of the season on a rebound off the crossbar from a Gabe Latigue free kick.
After the goal, Georgia Southern pressed forward, earning a corner kick with about a minute remaining. After the corner, Elon was unable to clear the ball out as Witt Carlisle ripped a shot from outside the 18-yard box, finding the net with 33 seconds remaining in the match. The goal forced overtime for the second-straight match for the Eagles.
Georgia Southern had a couple of shots in the 92nd and 93rd minutes to win the contest, but both attempts were either turned away or corralled by keeper Nathan Dean. The game would move on into a second extra session.
Both teams were unable to get on target in the first six minutes of the second overtime with shots going wide or blocked by defenders. Latigue’s attempt in the 106th minute was blocked out of bounds, giving Elon a corner.
After the ball was put into play, Wescoe headed it in after a bounce within the box in the 107th minute, giving the junior midfield his second game-winner of the season.
The Phoenix outshot the Eagles, 22-18, and had 11 shots on goal. Dean played every minute between the posts and had seven saves in the effort. Eagles’ keeper Neal Bates also corralled the ball seven times.
Prior to kickoff, Georgia Southern honored its seniors Joe Hughes, Muhamed Sidibeh and Aleksandar Tomic.
The Eagles shattered the attendance record at Eagle Field – which has just 500 seats – with a draw of 938 fans.
Elon will host the College of Charleston at Rudd Field on Tuesday. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. The Eagles face UNCG on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in another night game at Eagle Field.