MSOC falls in double-overtime
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 00:09
The East Tennessee State University Bucs men’s soccer team welcomed Appalachian State to Summers-Taylor stadium Thursday night in hopes of getting back on track after falling 5-0 to Southern Conference member Furman.
The Bucs hoped to return to the form that produced a 1-0 victory over No. 8-ranked UAB on its home pitch. However, the Bucs were unable to convert some late-game magic, falling to the Mountaineers 2-1 in the 2OT.
“We scratched and clawed our way into the game,” head coach Scott Calabrese said. “For that, I am really proud of the team.”
App. State had a chance to score early as a player streaked past the defense, but a last-effort save by junior Nate Hodges kept the ball away from the Bucs goal and gave the Mountaineers a corner kick. The cross into the box sailed wide and the Bucs recovered to rush forward on a counterattack.
Senior David Geno rushed past the App. State defense, but a lone defender slowed Geno enough for the goalie to grab the ball. Both teams continued to attack, but neither was able to find the back of the net. At the half, the game remained scoreless.
The Bucs came out attacking to begin the second half, forcing the Mountaineers into a defensive game to keep the game scoreless.
As the game continued, the flow started to favor App. State and the Bucs looked to keep another home loss from happening. The match flowed back and forth as both teams looked for the one weak moment in the opposing defense.
With the match entering the final 20 minutes of regulation, the Mountaineers finally broke through as Stanley Broaden beat the ETSU goalie to put ASU up 1-0 in the 71st minute.
With under a minute remaining, ETSU had a chance to tie the match on a corner kick.
The cross into the box landed and in the press of people Hodges sent the ball into the net to tie the match at 1-1 and send the game into overtime.
Both teams continued to attack in the first overtime, but never had a good chance for an open shot. At the end of the first overtime, the game remained tied, sending the match into a second overtime.
The second overtime started with the Bucs back on the offense but every shot was blocked. In the final minute of the game, the Mountaineers finally broke through as Broaden again found the back of the net, giving App State 2-1 victory in the second overtime.
“We have talented forwards and when they get the first goal then we can move forward,” Calabrese said. “We gave App. State easy chances that are giving opportunities to teams that aren’t deserved.”