Epperly's OT Winner Lifts Men's Soccer Over MIT
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Matt Epperly scored 5:21 into overtime lifting the Bears over NEWMAC Conference foe MIT 1-0.
Coast Guard improves to 10-4-1 for the season and remains unbeaten and tied for first at 4-0-1 in conference play while MIT falls to 9-4-1 for the season and 3-2-1 in the NEWMAC.
MIT outshot the Bears, 8-7, in the first half but were, in turn, outshot 10-5 in the second half and 2-0 in the first overtime period. MIT senior Ben Lewis and freshman Sean Bingham sent shots flying at the net in the first 45 minutes, but both were saved by Coast Guard keeper Richie Burns. Freshman goalie Jake Amereno was also forced to make two saves during the first half.
Both teams generated chances to break the tie in the second half. Of the five shots that the Engineers took, only one by junior Tyler Singer-Clark Falmouth was enough to force Burns out of the net for an acrobatic save preserving the scoreless tie.
In the 84th minute, Coast Guard freshman Alexander Lane lobbed a ball directly at the net, but Amereno was able to punch the ball over the top of the cage.
It was clear right from the beginning of the first overtime period that the Bears were in control, taking a shot at the goal and having a corner kick within three minutes of the start of first OT period. In the 96th minute, Amereno came out of the net to and deflected a Matthew Bogdan shot which landed at Epperly's feet and took advantage of the open goal and shot into the near left corner, ending the game.
"In a game where neither team played their best, we were fortunate to get the game winner in OT," said Coast Guard head coach Chris Parsons. "Epperly worked hard all day. We are very excited to be traveling to Babson with a chance to finish first in the NEWMAC."
The Bears will need at least a tie against Babson on Saturday, October 27th in order to secure a share of their first ever NEWMAC regular season championship.
Before that, Coast Guard will travel to Maritime (N.Y.) on Monday, Oct. 22 at 7:00 p.m. for a non-conference matchup.