Boakye's Golden Goal Boosts Brookyln to 2-1 Overtime Win Over Purchase
Brooklyn, NY---The Brooklyn College Men's Soccer Team got their first win of the season on Monday evening in exciting fashion, as they scored just three minutes into overtime to top Purchase, 2-1. Kingsley Boakye took a pass from Lindsay Hernandez and launched a shot from 25 yards out that arched over the Purchase keeper's head to find the corner of the net.
With the victory, the Bulldogs improved their record to 1-6 on the season, while the Panthers fell to 3-3-1 and have now lost two straight decisions.
The BC squad had seen this play out before as they entered play Monday having lost five games this season, and as recently as Saturday's defeat to the hands of conference rival York, by just one score.
The game started similarly to Saturday's, as Purchase's Blaise Burgeois scored on a breakaway after receiving a nicely placed pass from teammate Stefan Gohler.
Brooklyn seemed determined not to settle for a defeat on this day, and came back with a goal of their own just minutes later, as Peterson Petit Frere placed a ball beautifully for Yuriy Trushkevych who beat his man and then layed the ball past the Purchase keeper to knot the score at one.
For the remainder of play in the half, both teams missed out on some scoring opportunities but could not take the halftime advantage.
Heading into the second half, Brooklyn Coach Rawle Hensford made use of his reserves, which was much more plentiful than Purchase who only dressed 14 players for the game, and it seemed to give the Bulldogs the advantage. BC dominated most of the play and had numerous runs at the Purchase goal but could not convert.
In one sequence, forward Pajtim Gjonbalaj had a one on one with the Panther goalie, who made a save that deflected to fellow Bulldog, Igor Kozlov, but Kozlov's shot was saved just before crossing into the goal but a sliding Purchase defender.
Heading into the overtime, Brooklyn did not show signs of a team that went into the game 0-2 on the season, as they controlled the first couple of minutes of play before Boakye was able to lift his team to their first win.
The Bulldogs will look to make it two in a row as they battle conference opponent Medgar Evers on Wednesday before traveling to the Bronx on Saturday for another conference tilt with Lehman.