Bunton lifts Saints men's soccer to sweep with OT game winner
Jeremiah Bunton finished off a pretty passing play with a blast into a wide open net 1:13 into the second overtime period as St. Lawrence University's men's soccer team won its third straight game with a 2-1 victory over SUNY Geneseo at Sandy MacAllaster Field Saturday afternoon.
The win completed a weekend sweep in front of many Saint soccer greats from the past as SLU celebrated the dedication of the Bob Goodwin men's soccer lockerroom, named in honor of the former long-time coach of the program. SLU, now 3-1-0, beat 12th-ranked Rochester 1-0 on Friday.The Saints took an early 1-0 game in Saturday's game as Daniel Hunt made a sliding play on a free kick, redirecting Morgan Smith's kick toward the left post off the restart to the lower right corner 11:42 into the game.
SLU controlled the play and the game until Geneseo, 1-2-1, tied it with 11:06 to go in regulation as Jason Ianone took a shot inside the box and the ball deflected off a Saint defender and past Saint goalie Aaron Costello. The Saints almost regained the lead with 3:30 to go in regulation time when a shot by Mark Provost off a free kick was knocked out of play off the crossbar by Geneseo goalie Dan Maddock.
Neither team scored in the first extra period although the Saints did have some good opportunities in the Geneseo end. The winning goal came as Smith headed a long pass ahead to Jamal Samaroo who went in on Maddock. As Maddock came out to challenge, Samaroo crossed the ball to Bunton who came down the opposite wing unchecked and buried his first of the year for the game winner.
Costello finished with four saves for the Saints for this third straight win, while Maddock made eight saves. The Saints had a 22-7 advantage in shots overall and a 9-4 edge in corner kicks.
The Saints will continue a season-opening home stand with a 3 p.m. game against Brockport on Sept. 14.