Bears Drop First Conference Game of the Season in Double Overtime

Dakota Harich
Dakota Harich

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Coast Guard men's soccer team dropped their first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game of the season falling to Springfield 1-0 in double overtime Saturday afternoon.

With the loss, the Bears fall to 1-3-2 on the season and 0-1-0 in the conference. The Pride move to 4-2-0 overall and 1-0-0 in the NEWMAC. It is the fourth overtime game of the season Coast Guard has played this year.

The games lone goal scorer was Springfield sophomore Emmanuel Agyemang who scored his first goal of the season. Freshmen Andrew Ma and Joseph Olaynack both assisted on the goal.

The Bears had the best opportunity of the first half as senior Patrick Palermo-Re slipped in behind the Pride's defense and fired a shot on goal in the 21stminute. Senior Stewart Frank made a sliding save but could not hold the rebound. Palermo-Re attempted to one time the rebound on goal, but put it just wide of the right post.

In the second half, Springfield put pressure on the Bears from both side of Coast Guard's attacking third sending a number of dangerous services into the box. The Pride's best opportunity came in the 66thminute as they sent a free kick into the penalty box. Senior Ian Zacharewicz rose up and headed the ball towards goal but put the shot just over the bar.

The Bears nearly took a 1-0 lead in the final 10 minutes as junior Gio Ottomanelli sprung freshman Robbie Fugett down the left side. Fugett cut the ball back across the top of the Springfield penalty box and fired a shot towards the opposite post. The shot went past a diving Frank but stayed to just the outside of the post keeping the score tied and sending it to overtime.

After a scoreless first extra time period, Springfield found the game winner in the 106thminute as Ma sent a cross to the far post from the right side. Olaynack headed the service back across the front of the goal where Agyemang one timed it into the back of the net for the Pride first conference win of the season.

Junior Dakota Harich (1-3-1) made three saves on four shots on goal. 

Frank (4-2-0) made four saves for his third shutout of the season.

Coast Guard is back in action on Tuesday, September 18th, when they travel to Newport, Rhode Island to take on Salve Regina in nonconference action. Opening kickoff is 4:00.