FAIRFIELD, Conn.— The Sacred Heart men's soccer team picked up its first win of the season with a 2-1 comeback double overtime victory over Saint Peter's University on Saturday afternoon at Park Avenue Field. Sophomore Oscar Curras scored the game winning goal for the Pioneers (1-4) with a strike to the bottom right corner of the goal in the 104th minute.
The Peacocks (1-2-1) and Pioneers traded an even opening 45 as both teams fired six shots. Saint Peter's was on the attack in the 35th minute and drew a big foul inside the box for a penalty kick opportunity. Gabriele Bandelli fired one to the left side of the net to give the Peacocks the 1-0 edge.
The Sacred Heart offense continued to push the attack with 12 shots in the second half. Junior Renan Raposo attacked the net in the 87th minute and fired one on Robbie Anderson from 12 yards out. Anderson's save didn't go far as senior forward Ermir Celaj was right in front of the net for the rebound chip in and 1-1 equalizer for SHU.
As the game headed into the first overtime, freshman Alejandro Arribas had a fantastic look from 18 yards out in the 92nd minute but it shanked off the right post. Sacred Heart continued to push the pace in the second overtime as Curras was able to collect a deflection and dribble past the Peacock defense to bury the game winning goal from 8 yards out.
Sacred Heart recorded a season high in shots, besting Saint Peter's by a 25-16 margin. The Pioneers fired 12 shots on goal. Sophomore Robert Strain made six saves on the day for SHU.
The Pioneers continue their four-game homestand on Tuesday, September 12 against Saint Joseph's at 4:00 p.m.
- Senior Dylan Santos lifted a cross to Arribas in the box but Anderson snagged the header at 2:41
- Curras had a free kick opportunity from eight yards out but missed just high over the crossbar.
- Pioneers fired off five shots in the opening five minutes of the second half.
- Strain picked up a big save in the 63rd minute on a snipe by Jordan Jowers
- Raposo picked up his first point as a Pioneer on the assist in the 87th minute. The goal was Celaj's sixth of his career.
- SHU fired an impressive 12 shots in the second half.
- Arribas narrowly missed the potential game winner at 91:59 as the ball hits off the right post.
- Pioneers hold 3-0 shot advantage in the second overtime. Curras sealed the win with is second career goal in the 104th minute