WASHINGTON - Two minutes. That was the time left in the second overtime period Gallaudet University needed to kill off to salvage a tie here Saturday afternoon at Hotchkiss Field against Penn College in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) men's soccer match.
Instead, Penn College (1-3, 1-1 NEAC) snuck in a low shot into the center of the Bison goal at the 107:58 mark to end the marathon match, as the Wildcats celebrated a 2-1 double-overtime victory.
Gallaudet (2-3, 1-1 NEAC) missed a golden opportunity to move up the conference standings against the winless Wildcats.
The two teams battled through a scoreless first half as tempers began to flare between the squads.
In the second half, Gallaudet got on the scoreboard when sophomore Sean O'Callaghan (San Diego, Calif.) buried his second goal of the season, off a free kick, at the 52:17 mark.
The lead was short-lived as the Bison defense faltered in the 60th minute.
Penn College's Chris McFarland booted a corner kick, from the nearside of the field, towards the Bison goal. The ball deflected off a Bison defender's foot back towards GU goalie Shane Angel (Mechanicsville, Md.), who got a hand on it but couldn't bring in the loose ball. A second Bison defender, positioned by the far post, leapt to try and get the ball out but ended up heading the ball into the goal.
The match continued to get chippy as the two teams combined for 21 fouls in the second half.
Gallaudet had a great scoring chance to start the first overtime period when freshman forward Chad Johnson (Gardena, Calif.) put a shot on goal. His shot from the right side of the Wildcat goal was saved by a sprawling Hunter Gosnell (three saves), who dove to make save. Off the rebound the Bison failed to get a second shot off with an empty net in front of them.
Colton Wartman scored the game-winning goal at the 107:58 mark off an assist from Austin Dowrick for the Wildcats in the second overtime period.
- Johnson led the Bison with four shots (two on goal)
- Angel made three saves
- Penn College outshot Gallaudet, 13-12
- GU held a 6-5 edge in corner kicks
- The two teams had a combined 39 fouls, six cards
- The loss ends GU's two-game win streak
Gallaudet will try and bounce back on Wednesday night (Sept. 19) at 7 p.m. with a conference match against Penn St.-Abington (4-2, 2-0 NEAC).