SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Fueled by junior Matt Hutchison’s return, fifth-ranked Drury rallied to a 3-2 Great Lakes Valley Conference victory against William Jewell on Sunday at Harrison Stadium/The Curry Sports Complex.
Hutchison, who’d missed the past four games with a concussion, returned to score two goals – including the game-winner in the second overtime.
Hutchison’s second goal came just 4:06 into the second overtime and capped a comeback for the Panthers. Drury scored three unanswered goals after a 2-0 halftime deficit.
William Jewell’s Forrest McCurren scored just five minutes into the game. McCurren would strike again with his ninth goal of the season from 18 yards out. Jewell led 2-0 at 37:38.
After intermission, Hutchison scored from eight yards out on a Jack Mathis assist just 1:18 into the second half to pull within one.
Brett Steere’s sixth goal of the season at 72:09 from nine yards out pulled DU even with the Cardinals.
It stayed that way until Hutchison’s sixth goal of the season came at 104:06, taking a Frederik Peter Jensen pass and banging the shot home on a breakaway from five yards out.
Drury outshot WJC 19-6 in the contest, including an 11-3 Panthers advantage after halftime. DU had six shots on goal to two by the Cardinals. The Panthers held an 8-5 edge in corner kicks.
“I’m really proud of the guys [Sunday],” Swan said. “I thought we were unfortunate to be down 2-0 at the half, but the second half and overtimes saw some outstanding play from us. I was particularly pleased with the way [the] guys stepped in to replace our injured players.”
DU lost midfielder Michael Yuede (back) and defender Adam Heiligenstein (hamstring) in the first half, but received strong efforts from Derek Hoerman, Nicholas Fish and Steere off the bench to keep the Cardinals in check and set the stage for Drury’s third overtime win of the season.
The Panthers are 3-0-2 in overtime games this season.
Drury improved to 12-2-2 overall and maintained second place in the GLVC heading into Wednesday’s regular finale against Missouri S & T at Harrison Stadium. Meanwhile, league leader Rockhurst (13-2-2, 11-2-1 GLVC) closes out its regular season Wednesday at William Jewell.
A Rockhurst loss and DU win would give the Panthers the No. 1 seed and right to host throughout the GLVC post-season tournament.