St. Lawrence University junior Sean Scott scored his fourth goal of the season with 1:18 remaining in the first overtime, giving the Saints' men's soccer team a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Union College at Sandy MacAllaster Field on Saturday afternoon.
The win propels St. Lawrence to the top of the Liberty League standings, as they are the only remaining unbeaten team in the conference at 3-0-1. The Saints are 8-2-1 overall this season, while Union falls to 8-3-1 (3-1-0).
The showdown between the two teams vying for the top spot in the conference was a physical battle that saw the home team out-shoot their opponents by a sound 26-9 margin. However, Union netminder Adam Margulies made seven saves to help the Dutchmen force the overtime session.
The Saints had the majority of the scoring tries in regulation, including a bid for Scott when Margulies collided with a teammate. However, the Brooklyn, NY native was unable to get off a clean shot with the Union defense bearing down on him, keeping the game tied in the 57th minute.
Junior Brendan Gorman and sophomore Dam DeMello had great scoring chances as well, including a one-on-one try with the keeper for Gorman. Margulies delivered his best save of the game on the breakaway try, as he dove at the ball and managed to catch the shot, denying any hope of a rebound for the Saints' offense.
Though the game appeared headed for a second overtime session, junior Dan Marvin sent a hard cross towards goal that Gorman re-directed into the air. The ball landed softly just inside the box, where Scott was able to streak to it while remaining onside and beat Margulies for the 1-0 victory, allowing his teammates to mob him while celebrating the overtime win.
Union's offense was kept in check throughout much of the game by the St. Lawrence defense, though both Sahr Nyuma and John Manna were able to generate some quality first half chances. Sophomore Nate Goss-Woliner stopped two shots in net for the Saints, improving his record this season to 6-1-1, while his team finished with a solid advantage in corner kicks (8-2) as well.
St. Lawrence will be in action again on Wednesday, October 13 when they face St. John Fisher in a non-conference game in Watertown, NY. The Saints and Cardinals are slated to meet at 7:00pm.