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Suski Penalty Kick Wins Game in Overtime

Men’s soccer defeated Holy Cross 3-2 in dramatic fashion during the first overtime, with striker Michael Suski converting a game-winning penalty kick.

Halfway through overtime, Stefan Sigurdarson ran onto a through ball to take on Crusaders keeper Jimmy Joyce one-on-one. Joyce bodied him, prompting the referee to give Joyce a yellow card before pointing to the penalty spot.

None other than Suski stepped up the spot, taking his time to ice Crusaders keeper Joyce. He ambled to the spot, kissing the ball before placing it on the left corner of the spot. At the whistle, Suski stutter-stepped before drilling a shot to the lower left corner, with Joyce going the other way.

The buildup to the drama started in the second half, with the Eagles and Crusaders trading four goals in six minutes.

Per usual, Sigurdarson opened the scoring for BC. In the 79th minute, Sam White lofted a perfectly arched ball from outside the box to Sigurdarson, who let the ball bounce once before heading it over Joyce. Suski drew the foul that started the play.

Holy Cross answered a minute later with Crusaders striker Evan Jones beating goalkeeper Christian Garner with a spinning shot to the near post. Jones caught Garner one-on-one, with a diving Garner catching a piece of the ball, but not enough to stop Jones, who finished the play.

In an immediate response to the Crusaders’ goal, Suski flicked the ball to Aidan Farwell, who drove deep into the box before crossing the ball to Sigurdarson who was waiting just inside the six-yard box. Collecting it, Sigurdarson managed to get the ball onto his right foot and flick a shot past the keeper inside the near post.

Once again, the Crusaders responded quickly. In the 83rd minute, and benefitting from a defensive lapse on the Eagles part, Crusaders midfielder Max Krause froze Garner as the ball bounced into the back of the net on the far post.

The flurry of goals marked a change from a lackluster first half where the Eagles dominated possession, but failed to connect in the final third. Patient buildup fizzled out as forwards missed connections, the Crusaders blocked passing lanes, and BC seemed to get in BC’s way.

The best chance for the Eagles in the first half came off a cross by Farwell in the 21st minute. Farwell lofted a ball to an unmarked Sigurdarson who put his head on the ball, but Crusaders keeper Joyce stopped the chance. Sigurdarson’s diving rebound attempt was cleared by a Crusaders defender.

Defenseman Victor Souza did not play this game after picking up a knock in the game against Notre Dame, thanks to Tyler Shea’s reckless tackle. Captain Ian Buehler left the game late in overtime, thanks to a bothersome knee.

Men’s soccer (3-1-1) starts a slate of away games against ACC foe No. 2 ranked Clemson on Friday at 7:00pm.

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