Sept. 14, 2007
Hempstead, NY - The University of San Diego men's soccer team (2-2-0) had a 3-1 lead going into the 80th minute when the Hofstra University Pride (1-3-1) made a miraculous comeback to tie the match at 3-3 at the end of regulation.
San Diego struck first with 14:47 left in the first half as defender J.D. Penilton played a long ball from the defensive half that found forward J.T. Howlan in behind the defense on the far side of the field. Howland ran the bouncing ball down inside the left edge of the penalty area, and chipped a shot over Johansen's head that took one hop and bounced under the crossbar to make the score 1-0.
The Toreros struck for two goals in the first 20 minutes of the second half to turn a 1-1 tie into a 3-1 lead. Dustin Guerrero gave San Diego the lead when he was in the right place to bury a loose ball in the Hofstra penalty area after a free kick was taken by Fabrice Gautrat from near the right sideline. Gautrat's cross deflected off a Hofstra defender and nearly went into the net, but Johansen was able to dive back and punch the ball free before it crossed the line. However, Guerrero followed the play and was able to blast a 10-yard shot inside the far post at the 58:49 mark to put San Diego in front.
Just 6:26 later, the Toreros scored again after a foul 25 yards from goal. Colin Jennings took the kick, and rocketed a shot that deflected off the Hofstra wall, catching Johansen going the wrong direction as it settled into the right side of the net, making the score 3-1 with 24:45 to play.
The game-winning goal was scored with 4:04 left in the first overtime, as sophomore midfielder Rob Youhill (Harrogate, England) whipped a long cross into the box. Senior midfielder Chris Cox (Nottingham, England) chested the ball down and settled it at his feet with his back to goal 12 yards out. He patiently held off his defender and waited until Alberda made a run, before laying the ball off to his left, where Alberda one-timed a 12-yard shot that tucked inside the right post for his first collegiate goal.
San Diego finished with a 13-11 edge in shots on the day, as well as an 8-6 edge in corner kicks. Briones had three saves for the Toreros falling to 2-2 on the season.
San Diego will continue its road swing back East as they travel to Long Island University to take on the Blackbirds Sunday afternoon at 12:00 p.m. eastern time.