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Men's Soccer Rallies to Defeat Wheaton in Overtime, 2-1

Men's Soccer Rallies to Defeat Wheaton in Overtime, 2-1

Springfield, Mass. - October 27, 2018 - Freshman forward Andrew Ma (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) found the back of the net with 2:06 remaining in the first overtime period to lift the Springfield College men's soccer team to a 2-1 come-from-behind victory at Brock-Affleck Field on Saturday afternoon. As the Pride countered, Keon Haji (Shrewsbury, Mass.) slipped Ma a pass on the left flank, and the freshman made no mistake as he buried his chance to grant Springfield College the victory in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play.

With the win, the Pride, which was No. 11 in the latest NCAA Division III New England Regional Rankings, improves to 12-4-1 on the year and finishes its conference slate with a 5-1-1 mark against league opponents. Wheaton is now 9-9 overall with a 3-4 record in NEWMAC play with the loss. Springfield College held a 15-4 advantage in shots, while both sides were awarded four corner kicks.

In net for the Pride, Stewart Frank (Pittsford, N.Y.) made one save as he picked up his 12th win of the year, while his counterpart, Diego Medina (Yonkers, N.Y.) notched five saves in the setback.

Springfield College looked to have the first goal of the game in the 28th minute when Christian Schneider (Douglas, Mass.) drilled one on cage, but the ball hit the crossbar and bounced out of play, keeping the game scoreless. Following Schneider's chance, Emmanuel Agyemang (East Hartford, Conn.) and Ma each had shots on goal, but Medina turned the chances aside to send the game into a 0-0 tie at the break.

Wheaton got on the board first as the Lyons opened the second half with a goal from JD Souza (Wiscasset, Maine), as the junior midfielder beat Frank with a shot that hit the right post and went back into the net with 42:48 to play in the contest. The Lyons looked to add to its lead just 4:03 later when Curran Wait (Scituate, Mass.) hit the cross bar, but the Pride was able to clear the ball and keep its deficit at one.

As the game approached the final minute, Springfield College's Justin Breedlove (Ellicot City, Md.) sent a long ball into the Wheaton box, before Schneider got caught up with a defender, allowing Ian Zacharewicz (Stamford, Conn.) to come through and bury his third goal of the season with 1:06 on the clock to force a 1-1 score at the end of regulation.

Wheaton had a pair of corner kicks midway through the first overtime period, but after the Pride cleared the second, Haji slipped a pass to Ma on the counter, allowing for the late-game heroics.

The Pride will now wait to see which side it will play in the NEWMAC Championship Tournament, as Springfield College will host a semifinal contest on Thursday, November 1.