Ephs suffer heartbreaking 2-1 OT Loss to Trinity

Ephs suffer heartbreaking 2-1 OT Loss to Trinity

HARTFORD, CT -- Senior captain Shaun McGann scored the game-winning goal in the 105th minute to complete the Trinity College men's soccer team (3-0-0, NESCAC 2-0-0) comeback to defeat Williams College (2-1-0, NESCAC 1-1-0) 2-1 in double overtime at Campus Field, Saturday afternoon.

The game winning goal came halfway through the second overtime period after some great dribbling skill was shown by Bantam senior Christian Carasquillo down the right wing, as he was able to win a corner for the Bantams. The ensuing corner was taken by sophomore Mark Perreault, whose cross deflected out to the top of the box, right to the feet of McGann who volleyed the ball first-time past Eph senior goalkeeper Peter Morrell.

The Bantams owned most of the possession in the first half, pressing the Ephs deep into their own defensive third from very early on. Carrasquillo was doing a majority of the attacking work for the Bantams, and it was his good work that led to the Bantams' first good chance in the 30th minute. After some strong build-up play from the midfield, Bantam freshman Cody Savonen slipped the ball into the box from the left flank to Carrasquillo whose shot was barely parried away in time by an in-form Morrell. After the game Coach Russo commented on Morrell's performance: "Peter made quite a few fantastic saves and kept us in the game."

It was on the ensuing counter when the Ephs opened up the scoring. Sophomore Jonathan Westling rifled a shot from the top-right side of the box just to the inside of the left goalpost, leaving Bantam freshman goalkeeper Domenic Quade no chance to keep the ball out of the net.

The second half was much slower paced, as the Ephs dominated most of the possession. However, the game picked up in the last ten minutes as the Bantams pushed for an equalizer. In the 88th minute, their pressure finally found a crack in a Williams defense that had yet to concede a goal this season. A cross from McGann from the right flank found the head of Savonen around twelve yards out that went right over the hands of Morrell who had come off his line to try to punch the ball out of danger.

In the first period of overtime, it looked like the Ephs might be able to pull out a win when Eph junior Matt Muralles fired a shot from twenty yards out that beat Quade but hit the right post, deflecting away from goal.

There were few other chances in the first or second overtime periods until the game-winning goal by McGann.

Trinity outshot Williams 19 to 11, with 11 of them on goal for Trinity and 6 for Williams. Muralles picked up his second yellow card of the season for a foul early in the second half. Later, he was joined by Bantam senior John El-Hachem and Savonen in the book. Peter Morrell recorded 9 saves to Quade's 5, and Williams had 8 corners to Trinity's 7.

After the game, Coach Russo remarked, "I think a draw would've been a fair result. I'm not sure we deserved to win because of the way Trinity played in the first half, but a draw would've been a fair result." 

Williams' next game is tomorrow away against Babson at 1 p.m. The Bantams next play Tuesday at home against Westfield State at 4:30 p.m.