Victor Cascon scored twice off assists from Jaime Poza in the first half but Wingate scored twice in a five-minute stretch in the second half as the teams played to a 2-2 draw Thursday night at Wingate.
Cascon scored his second goal of the season in the 16th minute. Poza set up Cascon right in front of the net to gave the Bears an early 1-0 lead.
The duo struck again in the 41st minute as Poza set up Cascon with a one-timer for his second goal of the game. Cascon’s goals was his 23rd and 24th of his career. He needs one more goal to move into fifth place in team history.
Wingate got on the board with a corner kick in the 78th minute, Owen Marshall scored from the corner kick of Mikkel Fahlen Bruun.
Two minutes later, Marshall picked up a red card causing the Bulldogs to go down a man for the last thirty minutes.
The Bulldogs found the equalizer in the 83rd minute with a goal from Brunn off a free kick from 22 yards out.
The first ten minute overtime neither team had a shot opportunity but in the second overtime the Bears had four shots but could not find the back of the net for the win.
This was the first overtime game for the Bears since a tie against Tusculum on September 21, 2019. The last overtime game between these teams was November 7, 2008, when Wingate beat the Bears 3-2 in the SAC tournament semifinal.
The game featured twelve yellow cards and one red card on the night. The Bears and Bulldogs will meet again in Hickory to end the regular season on April 1.
Both teams finished with ten shots but the Bulldogs had an eight to four advantage on shots on goal.
L-R is 1-0-1 on the season. The Bears home opener will be Thursday against Catawba at 5pm.