Sunday wrap: No. 22 Pacific Lutheran takes Willamette in overtime
By Jim Naprstek, D3Soccer.com
|Senior Derek Johnson scored
the winning goal in overtime for the Lutes.
Photo by Jesse Major
In Sunday action, No. 5 Amherst did what they needed to do to come out with a 3-1 victory over a tough Bates team. Sophomore Goalkeeper Thomas Bull opened the scoring for the Lord Jeffs in the 16' with his free kick from midfield that beat Joe Maffly-Kipp on the left side of the net. They would double their lead later in the half with a strike from freshman Elliot Cassutt. The Bobcats would cut the lead in half in the 65' with a goal from freshman Peabo Koth who took a pass down the left side who then beat Bull on the left side. Amherst would reestablish their two goal lead just minutes later when freshman Andrew Orozco banged home a loose rebound inside the penalty area.
The Carthage Red Men pulled the upset of the night, defeating No. 22 UW-Whitewater 1-0 on home turf. In what turned out to be a very close contest, junior Michael Dombrowski tallied his eighth of the year that would be the difference maker. Dombrowski beat Josh Rohde to the lower left corner to put Carthage on the board. The victory moves the Red Men to 8-3 overall and hands the Warhawks their first loss of the year.
In the only matchup of two Top 25 teams, No. 21 Tufts were the winners over No. 25 Trinity (Conn.) 2-1. The Jumbos found the back of the net in the 44', thanks to junior Sam Williams. Tufts earned a long free kick that sophomore Rui Pinheiro launched to the far post. It was there that Williams beat his defender to the ball and drove home the goal. They would later double their lead in the 67' with a goal from sophomore Connor Brown, who banged home a one-timer from sophomore Tal Smith. The Jumbos move to 5-2-1 overall and 3-2 in the NESCAC.
No. 22 Pacific Lutheran gave their fans a thriller on the west coast as they hosted Willamette for a tight NWC battle. After nearly 87 minutes of scoreless play, the Lutes broke open the score in the 88' with a goal from senior Derek Johnson. Despite the late goal, the Bearcats clawed their way back and found the equalizer with just 11 seconds remaining in the match. Sophomore Jesse Thompson found himself all alone and converted by driving home the tying goal. In the second overtime however, it would be the Lutes who regained their composure and sealed the victory with the second of the night from Johnson in the 108'. This time the Pacific Lutheran forward followed up on a corner attempt as he blasted his shot straight to the back of the net. The win keeps the Lutes undefeated on the year at 3-0-1 in the NWC and 8-0-2 overall.
The Wartburg Knights earned their second shutout victory in as many days as they defeated Hamline 3-0. Goals from Zach Smith (9') and Bob Brown (33') in the first half, and a late tally from Michel Levine (84') would be more than enough for the Knights as they cruised to their fourth straight win.
Colorado College defeated Texas Lutheran 2-nil on Sunday to move to 6-2-2 overall. After starting 0-2-2, the Tigers have gone on a tear, winning their next six by a combined total of 14-2.
In a battle of NACC rivals, Lakeland handed Aurora their first loss of in the conference with a 2-1 overtime victory. It would be the Spartans that started the scoring in the 56'. Jon Rosenbaum put Aurora out in front, but the lead would not last very long as the Muskies came back in the 61' to equalize with a goal from junior Paul Elzinga. Less than 90 seconds into overtime, senior Farouk Dadzie finished off his tenth goal of the year to move his squad to 7-2-1 on the year and 2-1 in the NACC.