CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Elms College men's soccer team was dealt a 3-2 overtime loss by host Pine Manor College in a non-conference contest Wednesday afternoon at Hedley Field. The Blazers dip to 0-4 on the campaign, while the Gators improve to 2-1-1.
In the 17th minute of play, Pine Manor senior Jahvar Gayle (Bloomfield, Conn.) received a pass on the right side, slipped through two Blazers defenders and found the back of the net to hand the Gators a 1-0 lead.
With 10:42 remaining in the first half, the Blazers found an equalizer as sophomore Babba Jaden (Clarkston, Ga.) gathered a pass from freshman Myles Hurley (Manchester, Conn.) at the 18' mark and tucked a shot inside the near post to even the score at 1-1. The score remained at 1-1 heading into halftime.
In the 55th minute of play, Pine Manor regained the lead as sophomore Raudel Gomez (Eagle Pass, Texas) lofted a cross to freshman Andree Hernandez (San Antonio, Texas), who finished at the top of the box to put the Gators on top, 2-1.
In the waning minutes of regulation, the Blazers sent the match into overtime as junior Colby Macdonald (Bristol, Conn.) launched a cross to the left side where Jaden elevated for a header past Pine Manor junior keeper Angel Pena (Eagle Pass, Texas) to force overtime tied at 2-2.
Just over two minutes into the bonus period, the Gators found the game-winner as Gayle played a ball to Hernandez, who placed a shot past Elms freshman keeper AJ Oliviera (Beacon Falls, Conn.) to send Pine Manor to the 3-2 win.
The Gators edged the Blazers in the shot column, 14-13, during the contest. Oliviera made five saves for Elms, while Pena stopped two shots.