FAIRFIELD, CT – The Saint Peter's men's soccer team dropped a heartbreaking, 2-1, double overtime loss to Sacred Heart on Saturday afternoon. The Peacocks have fell in the last two games after starting the season with no losses.
"We had multiple chances to stretch the lead and put the game away," said head coach Julian Richens. "As a team, we will need to be more resilient, compact, and with an urgency to manage the game from a leading position. It is a hard but necessary lesson to learn from a game we should have won."
The Peacocks and the Pioneers played an identical first half of the game. Each team recorded six shots; both teams had two corner kicks; the goalkeepers for both squads made two saves; and both teams committed six fouls. The first half difference in the game was that the Peacocks scored the only goal of the half. In the 35' Gabrielle Bandelli scored the unassisted goal to give the Peacocks a 1-0 lead.
The Pioneers were the aggressors in the second half, since the team trailed for the bulk of the half. In the second half, the Peacocks held on to the slim one nil lead throughout, until the 87' mark, when Sacred Heart's Ermir Celaj scored on a chip shot from three yards out knotting the contest up. Neither team could find the game-winning goal in regulation and the contest went into overtime.
During the first overtime, Sacred Heart got the first opportunity for the golden goal, when Kieran Walsh let off a shot that went wide of the goal 23 seconds into the extra period. By the 91' Saint Peter's Jordan Jowers got a shot off that went wide as well, keeping the contest alive. The Pioneers had one shot on goal in the overtime period, which was saved by Peacock keeper Robbie Anderson.
In the final overtime period, the Pioneers' Oscar Curras scored the game-winning goal in the 104th minute of the game, sealing the victory over the Peacocks.
Bandelli and Jowers combined to take nine of the Peacocks 16 shots. Anderson finished the day with a career-high 10 saves. He had previously made 10 total saves in all three of the first games combined.
The Peacocks head to Philadelphia to face La Salle on Wednesday, September 13 at 7pm.