Saratoga Springs, N.Y. -- A literal last-second goal from junior forward Kyle Barrett gave the Skidmore Thoroughbreds a satisfying 1-0 double overtime victory over a regional rival Williams College.
With this result, Williams drops to 4-3-1/NESCAC 2-2-1, while Skidmore improves to 6-1-3/Liberty 2-0-1.
The Ephs started this match out attacking early and often, recording six shots in the first 31 minutes of the first half, and it took a group effort from Skidmore to slow the attack. A third-minute chance from Jules Oberg '22 was saved by goalie Sebastian Bosch, as was a 12th minute shot from Bobby Fabricant '20, opportunities from seniors Greg Andreou and Sean Dory were steered wide, and a 31st minute opening from Will Felitto '22 was blocked by a Thoroughbred defender. This stout defense kept Skidmore afloat for the entire match, and permitted their forwards to take more chances in the second half and beyond.
The second 45 minutes saw much more activity on Skidmore's half of the pitch. A 48th minute shot from senior midfielder Mike Park was saved by netminder Aaron Schein '19, and a 52nd minute screamer from junior David Braman flew just high of the goal. However, soon, Williams began to match them once more on the attacking end, with a tense corner from Eli Petrik '21 in the 64th minute, and two grand opportunities within five seconds from young midfielder Nick Boardman '22, one of which was saved, and the other blocked. Foreshadowing the end of the match, a header from Park with just two seconds left in regulation landed just wide right of the net, clearing the way for at most 20 more minutes of soccer.
The first half of overtime was fairly uneventful. A 94th minute shot from Skidmore midfielder Joey Park was blocked, and a chance from Eph midfielder Chris Fleischer '21 was saved by Bosch with 15 seconds to go, but there were not many highlights on either side. The second overtime, however, would be different.
Williams had three separate chances to win the match in the second 10-minute period. A 107th minute shot from Fabricant soared right of the net, and a 109th minute chance from him was blocked, and a climactic header from Justin Adams '22 was narrowly stopped by Bosch, but the real drama would come as the final seconds ticked off the clock. Faced with a second draw in three matches, newly minted substitute forward Kyle Barrett got the ball off a deflection and fired a low shot past Schein with under a second to play to give the Thoroughbreds the victory of a lifetime.
Skidmore's Sebastian Bosch saved all eight Eph shots on goal, while Williams netminder Aaron Schein recorded three saves on the day.
Williams travels to Curry on Saturday at 1:30 PM, while Skidmore hosts Vassar also on Saturday at 2 PM.