NEW LONDON — Wheeler High held a two-goal lead at halftime, but New London tied the ECC out-of-division boys soccer game in the second half and won it, 3-2, in the second overtime period Wednesday night.

Matt Pierce scored both goals for Wheeler (4-5). Drew Deary had one assist.

"The kids played hard," Lions coach Joe Mendonca said. "We had a chance to win the game in regular time — we had a few good chances. It just didn't happen. But the kids played well. It's good to see the kids competing."

The winning goal for the Whalers (5-2) came with 5:35 left in the second 10-minute extra session. 

New London had 11 shots to six for Wheeler. Wheeler had an advantage in corner kicks, 8-3.

The Lions next play at Plainfield on Friday at 4 p.m.

— Ken Sorensen

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