Hayes' Last-Second Goal Leads Saint Louis Past Drake
Nov. 21, 2008
Courtesy Saint Louis Athletics
ST. LOUIS - Saint Louis' Kyle Hayes scored a goal with 4.1 seconds remaining in the second overtime to vault Saint Louis to a 1-0 victory against Drake in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament at Robert R. Hermann Stadium.
SLU, which picked up a win in NCAA Tournament play for the first time since 2003, advances to take on Indiana Tuesday, Nov. 25, in the second round. Game time in Bloomington, Ind., is set for 6 p.m. (CT).
After 109-plus minutes of scoreless soccer, Hayes notched the game winner, but not before work by Charles Bryce and Calum Angus to set up the deciding score.
With the clock ticking down and the game destined for a penalty-kick shootout, Bryce hustled to chase down a long Tim Ream clearance. He beat out several Drake defenders and got to the ball near the top-right corner of the box and was fouled by Drake keeper Michael Drozd. The subsequent yellow card that was issued to Drozd stopped the clock with six seconds remaining.
On the restart, Angus sent a curling ball that found its way near the goal line. Hayes, stationed on the line, managed to get his left foot on the ball and tip the ball into the upper netting.
"Charles Bryce earns that goal more than anyone," Hayes said. "He busted his tail to earn that foul and give us one last chance. Calum whipped in a great ball, and I saw it in the air and tried to get anything on it I could."
"I'm ecstatic, but I feel bad for Drake because I've been in this game long enough to where that has happened to us," SLU head coach Dan Donigan said. "I credit Charles Bryce for not really playing much all year but coming in and making an impact.
"We can't wait for Tuesday at Indiana," Donigan continued. "They are obviously a perennial NCAA Tournament Team, so we have to be at our best to be able to compete with them."
The two sides played a scoreless first half, with the Billikens out-shooting the Bulldogs 5-2. SLU had three corner kicks to Drake's none. Brandon Barklage, Josh Aranda and Dado Hamzagic all had chances on net for SLU, Drozd stopped all three.
Both teams generated plenty of chances in the second half, with Drake taking the shots advantage with an 8-6 mark.
In the overtimes, both teams had chances to win it prior to Hayes' tally. Kenan Malicevic had a chance off a corner kick, but SLU keeper Pat Disbennett stood his ground. In the second OT, Barklage sent a floating ball to the crossbar that Drozd tipped over the net.
Overall, SLU edged Drake in shots with a 16-15 advantage. The Billikens out-cornered the Bulldogs 8-6. Drozd had six saves for the Bulldogs, while Disbennett had three stops.
Indiana, which claimed the sixth-seed in the NCAA Tournament resulting in a first-round bye, is 12-6-3 on the season.