SMITHFIELD, R.I.— A goal in the second overtime by Bryant's Charlie Booth gave the home team the 2-1 edge over the Sacred Heart men's soccer team on Sunday afternoon.
The Bulldogs (2-8-2, 2-1-1 NEC) jumped to the early lead over the Pioneers (3-10-1, 0-3-1 NEC) at Bulldog Soccer Field as Anthony Barreria scored in the sixth minute. Barreria was net front to chip in the rebound off a deflection by sophomore Robert Strain.
After being outshot 4-3 in the first half SHU kicked up the tempo in the second half, putting up nine shots. The Pioneers were able to get on the board in the 77th minute as senior Ezra Siyadhuba played a cross into the box for Julian Linke, who headed the ball to the back-left corner of the goal to tie the game up 1-1. Both overtimes went in Bryant's favor as the Pioneers were held without a shot. Booth's game winner came off the free kick save by Strain on Felipe Cypriano's shot. Booth collected the punch out and sent one to the bottom left of the goal to seal the game.
In the even matchup, the Bulldog's outshot the Pioneers 13-12 with both teams putting four shots on goal. Strain made two saves on the game, both coming in each overtime. Nick Stewart made three saves in goal for Bryant.
The Pioneers continue its road swing with a weekend trip to western Pennsylvania. SHU will face Saint Francis U on Friday, October 27 at 2:00 p.m.
- Freshman Alejandro Arribas had the Pioneers first scoring chance in the 30th minute but his shot sailed over the crossbar.
- Oscar Curras had the Pioneers other shot in the opening half, missing high over the net as well.
- SHU had header opportunities by Anthony Costa & Linke get denied by Stewart in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
- Linke's goal in the 77th minute is the second tally of his career.
- Ermir Celaj missed just high in the 90th minute with SHU's final shot of the game.
- Strain registered his first save of the day in the 96th minute on the shot by Barreria.
- Strain made a spectacular stop on the shot by Cypriano but Booth was wide open to sink the game winner.