Nov. 14, 2009

Courtesy of Lewis

Springfield, Mo. - Lewis University senior forward Nestor Hernandez (Berwyn, Ill./Morton West) proved that Friday the 13th was anything but unlucky, as the Morton West grad scored the game-winning goal in the 93rd minute to help the third-seeded Flyers rally for the 2-1 overtime victory over second seed Ashland at Drury's Harrison Stadium.

With the victory, Lewis improves to 14-3-2 on the season and advances to the NCAA Super Region 4 Finals at 1 p.m. (CST) on Sunday against the winner of the other semifinal featuring Drury and Northern Kentucky.

"I thought we did what we needed to do in the second half to create opportunities," Lewis head men's soccer coach Evan Fiffles said. "We were lucky enough to put one in there. It's a nice win for us, but there's still work to be done."

Early on in the overtime, Lewis went on the offensive attack, as senior forward Charlie Bucio (Chicago, Ill./Juarez) found himself inside the box and surrounded by a pair of Ashland defenders. Bucio would find a wide open Hernandez for the game-winning score at the 92:53 mark.

Hernandez' heroics would all be for naught, however, thanks in part to junior midfielder Jose Ibarra (Romeoville, Ill./Romeoville).

Ashland held a 1-0 advantage over the Flyers up until the 85th minute of regulation. Ibarra, who was about 30 yards away from the net, set a shot into the far upper corner that Eagles goalkeeper Blaize Lishewski was unable to corral, tying the game up at one-apiece at the 84:44 mark.

Ashland's James Livingston scored the lone goal for the Eagles as his direct kick from 35 yards out, skipped past the outstretched arms of Lewis keeper Sebastian Kieruzal (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates) with eight seconds remaining in the opening half.

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