CLINTON -- Hennie Bosman scored with 5:43 left in the second sudden-victory overtime period to lift Hamilton College to a 3-2 win against the Clarkson University Men's Soccer team in a Liberty League contest Saturday afternoon at Hamilton's Love Field.
Clarkson is still in the playoff hunt at 6-5-2 overall and 1-4-0 in league, but will need to win its final two games and get some help to gain admittance to the conference tournament. Hamilton clinched a spot in the league tournament with its sixth straight win, moving to 9-1-2 overall and 4-1-0 in league.
Soccer purists needed to look the other way in the first half as four goals were scored in the first half, all coming in a stretch of 20 minutes. The Continentals claimed a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute on a goal by Anthony Balbo, and then moved their advantage to 2-0 in the 29th minute when Leo Nizzi scored on a direct kick for his second goal this year.
The Golden Knights roared back with two goals just over five minutes apart as freshman Nick Smith (Plaistow, NH) had his shot carom off the post, but the rebound went to Tobin Boomer (Louisville, KY) and he buried the ball in the back of the net for his third goal of the year. Senior Mark Secko (Shoreham, NY) tied the score in the 39th minute with his third goal of the season, as Elliott Carter (Ottawa, ONT) was credited with his team-high fifth assist.
The Continentals played a man down for the final 15-plus minutes of regulation and entire overtime after Jon Sanford received his second yellow card of the afternoon. Despite the disadvantage, Hamilton had chances to win the game before Bosman's goal. Jesse Arroyave had a shot clang off the crossbar in the 83rd minute, and he missed an open net with 36 seconds left in the first overtime.
Clarkson was actually playing with just nine men when Bosman scored his goal. Matt Konecnik (Waterford, NY) received a red card in the 103rd minute, and Jeremy Toscano (Brockport, NY) was issued his second yellow of the game and sent off just 11 seconds later.
Eric Boole made five saves for the Continentals, and Saverino Spagnolo (Ottawa, ONT) stopped five shots as well for the Golden Knights. Hamilton held a 20-15 shot advantage. Clarkson took the only corner kick of the entire game.