Chico Nets Game-Winner for Gators in 2OT Thriller

Chico Nets Game-Winner for Gators in 2OT Thriller

CHESTNUT HILL – Kelvin Chico (Perth Amboy, N.J.) returned from injury and stamped his impact immediately on the team scoring his second game-winner of the season as Pine Manor College (4-2) won in double-overtime against Maine Machias, 3-2.

With just over a minute to go in the second overtime, Jose Corrales dribbled down the left flank cut inside before playing a pass into space for Kenardo Dwyer (Bloomfield, CT) at the top left-hand side of the box.

Dwyer used his speed and was relentless getting to the goal line serving a cross that was blocked, getting the ball back, and then playing a perfect service to the back post for Chico to thump home on his head and send the Gators into a frenzy.

The Gators had their best all-around team performance of the season, but goal keeper Oscar Estrada (North Port. Fla.) was easily the man of the match. After recording his second career shutout on Thursday, the sophomore was put to work early and often by Maine Machias, who had 26 shots in the game.

Machias would score the opening goal at the 36:29 of the first half when Haidar Al-Freihy was first to react to a bouncing ball in the box.

Estrada would help his team stay in the match in the second half making 11 saves, including one wrong-footed off-balance save and additionally a highlight reel caliber three point-blank saves in a row.

Dwyer leveled the score just two minutes into the second half getting just enough of Shaquille Sailsman's (Hartford, CT) corner to head home the Gators opening goal, 1-1.

Pine Manor then took the lead as Sailsman picked out Brian Wade's (Connelly Springs, NC) run down the center of the field, and Wade was able to ride out a challenge then slip a shot off the post and in from just inside the box, 2-1.

Machias would regain momentum late and tie the game when Victor Noyala found a streaking J. Ulises-Castillo for an easy finish with 16 minutes to go in the game, 2-2.

Estrada would hold strong though, and the Gators took the game into overtime setting up Chico's eventual heroics.

The Gators play again on Friday September 25 at 4 p.m. against Wheelock.