Buffalo, NY – The D'Youville men's soccer team won an overtime thriller on Saturday afternoon, outlasting the weather and the Pitt.-Greensburg Bobcats to win their third conference game 1-0.
Each team had their chances early to make an impact on the score. D'Youville provided most of the offense with two shots each from Hunter Sherman (Lockport, NY/Lockport) and Jake Kowalewski (Attica, NY/Attica) in the first 18 minutes of the game. The Bobcats had several chances of their own, but the Spartans were able to continue their pressure both offensively and defensively to keep it a 0-0 game.
The Spartans were very dangerous on set-pieces as Josh Hammer (Amherst, NY/Sweet Home) and Sherman each had their headers either saved or go wide of game with the game remaining scoreless. Neither team was able to get on the scoreboard in the first as the game was tie 0-0 after 45 minutes.
As hard as both teams tried to score, the defenses and goalkeepers for Greensburg and D'Youville were on top of their games. Alf Egge (Stavanger, Norway/Stavanger International) had two outstanding chances from long range in the 59th and 60th minutes, but the Bobcat keeper was up to the task.
Greensburg had their best chance of the game in the 85th minute. Two point-blank chances were saved by Kyle Dick (Churchville, NY/Churchville-Chili) as he kept his team in the game in incredible fashion. The Spartans had a very late opportunity to win the game with a Sherman shot, but it was saved and the two teams headed into overtime tied 0-0.
It didn't take two full minutes for D'Youville to capture the win in overtime. A turnover in the midfield landed the ball at Egge's foot who played the ball to Brian Nwaekeke (Corona, CA/John F. Kennedy). Nwaekeke played the ball to Kowalewski who played the ball over the top of a Greensburg defender to Sherman. Sherman then came down the left side of the box and shot the bar far post with his left foot to defeat the Bobcat's keeper, winning the game for the Spartans 1-0.
Kowalewksi and Sherman were knocking on the door all day against the Bobcats. Sherman had a game high eight shots while Kowalewski tallying three. Egge also had three shots in the game as all three were dangerous.
Defensively, the team's defense was outstanding yet again. Dick recorded a five-save shutout in the game. Hammer, Matt Davis (Spencerport, NY/Spencerport), AJ Wade (Pendleton, NY/Starpoint), and Khaled Numan-Ali (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) all were big in the team's third shutout of the season. In the midfield, Jack Schmittendorf (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) and Jumale Jumale (Buffalo, NY/Hutch Tech) were key contributors.
The next game for the men comes this Tuesday, October 9 as they host the Hilbert Hawks at 7:15pm.