Sep 03, 2017
The Tigers downed the Stevenson Mustangs 3-2 in double overtime with the game winner coming in the 107th minute.
- Final Score: Hampden-Sydney 3, Stevenson 2
- Records: Hampden-Sydney 1-0-1; Stevenson 1-1
- Location: Owings Mill, MD – Mustang Stadium
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Stevenson drew first blood at 26:43 as DR Medtart took a free kick from the penalty marker extended, about two yards outside of the left of the 18-yard box, and sent it into the right front corner of the six-yard box. From there, it found the Jay Smith who headed it off a Tiger defender and bounced just inside the left post and out of the diving hands of the Tiger goalkeeper
- Hampden-Sydney tied is just under four minutes later. Stevenson's goal kick found its way to Hunter Weiland's feet and he sent in a low-lying but hard shot from approximately 34 yards out. Jake Brown appeared poised to make the routine save but allowed the ball to go through his arms and between his legs for the goal.
- Stevenson was aggressive from the opening second of the second half, needing only 11 seconds to go ahead 2-1. Jordan Fields corralled the ball just a few feet inside the front right corner of the 18-yard box and rocketed in a shot into the left post over the outstretched hands of the goalkeeper.
- H-SC would then tie the game back up at 2-2 in the 60th minute. Eli Strong controlled a pass in the 18-yard box and beat two Stevenson defenders, but he was pushed in the back and taken down to draw a penalty kick, and Ryan Turner converted it.
- In the 81st minute, Josh McCormack finished off a beautiful header for the Tigers third goal, but he was narrowly offside and the goal was waived off.
- The Mustangs were the aggressors to open overtime but couldn't put a shot on goal. They had a shot blocked at 93:07, and with the goalkeeper out of position from that shot, Jay Smith had a header opportunity on an open goal but sent the shot a few feet above the crossbar.
- Spell Carr produced the only shot on goal in the first extra frame, but his header attempt was saved.
- Turner produced the first shot of the second overtime, but his attempt from 30 yards out went wide right.
- An H-SC defenseman made a 50-yard forward pass towards Jacob Mann. Stevenson's goalkeeper came out to challenge the ball but badly misplayed it, and Mann outraced his defender to the ball. He used a one-touch crossover to create separation from his defender, who had recovered to get in front of Mann after Mann stumbled into the goalkeeper, and he fired off the shot just inside the left post and past a Stevenson defender who desperately tried to head it away in the 107th minute.
COACH DINUZZO'S COMMENTS
- "Great team effort today. We made some mistakes and put ourselves in a difficult situation twice, but it speaks to the resolve and commitment of the guys in our program that we battled back and got the win. Overall it wasn't our best game, but our work rate was excellent and in the end, that was the difference."
TIGER TOP PERFORMERS
- Ian Connor made eight saves, including several difficult stops from close range
- Ryan Turner scored on a penalty kick and had team-highs of four shots and two shots on goal
- Hunter Weiland recorded two shots with his one shot on goal being H-SC's first goal of the contest
FOR THE FOES
- Jay Smith tacked on a team-high four shots with a goal
- Jordan Fields scored on his lone shot attempt
- DR Medtart had two shots on goal with an assist
STATS OF THE GAME
- Stevenson outshot Hampden-Sydney 19-12 but only held a 10-8 edge in shots on goal
- H-SC made eight saves compared to five for SU
- The Mustangs drew nine corner kicks compared to four for the Tigers
- Stevenson committed 18 fouls while Hampden-Sydney was whistled for 12
- Hampden-Sydney heads back down south to play at William Peace in Raleigh, NC on Wednesday at 6 pm.