soccer-men-d3 flag | November 16, 2013

Gustavus Adolphus wins late

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ST. PETER, Minn. -- Gustavus Adolphus scored the equalizer in the 84th minute and then netted the game winner one minute and five seconds into overtime to defeat St. Scholastica 2-1 on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament.

The Gusties had a great chance in the 21st minute, but Zac Brown's shot just went to the left of the post. The game went into halftime scoreless. Gustavus had a 5-3 advantage in shots.

The Saints controlled play for most of the second half, out-shooting the Gusties 5-3. Much like the regular season meeting between the two teams, Jenkins would force a Gustie foul in the penalty area setting up a penalty kick for Joe Watt. Watt converted the PK to give the Saints a 1-0 lead with 10:35 remaining.

For Watt, the goal was his 159th point of his career, setting a new St. Scholastica record for career points.

Gustavus expectedly stepped up its offensive pressure and would get a corner kick in the final six minutes. The ball was played into the box and misplayed by the Saints. Zach Schmith was able bury the ball into the net to tie it at 1-1. The game would go to overtime tied at 1-1.

Then just a minute into the first overtime period Konnor Tranoris played a perfect ball to Patrick Roth, who was one-on-one with the keeper and found the back of the net to give the Gusties the 2-1 victory.

Gustavus finished with a 9-8 edge in shots. Adam Hewitt made nine saves in his final collegiate game for the Saints. Brett Ylonen had two saves for the Gusties. Gustavus (14-3-1) moves on to face Westminster (Mo.) in the second round on Sunday.