Sophomore Pat Flynn scored in the 109th minute, lifting the Bowling Green State University men's soccer team to a 1-0 win over the University of Detroit Mercy Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 29). The non-conference match was held at Titan Field.
With the victory, the Falcons of head coach Eric Nichols improve to 10-5-1 on the season. BGSU has won 10 matches in a season for the first time since 1998. The Titans drop to 8-5-3 overall.
The goal was Flynn's 13th of the season, and his sixth game-winning goal of the fall. He leads the Falcons in both goals and points (29).
"This was a fantastic battle from both teams," said Nichols. "Detroit is very good, and this is certainly a game that could have gone either way. Both teams had their chances, and I'm so proud of the guys for making play after play. And, Pat stepped up and did what he does best, which is score goals."
The winning play began when redshirt sophomore Max Auden sent a long ball forward to Flynn. Auden, near midfield, played the ball to his fellow Naperville, Ill., native, and Flynn controlled the ball as he worked his way into the penalty area.
From the right side of the box, Flynn possessed the ball while working one-on-one against his defender, and as other BGSU players arrived in the penalty area, Flynn found some space and fired a shot past UDM goalkeeper Nathan Steinwascher into the far-side netting.
"Coach Nichols told me before the second overtime, 'Get in the box and be calm, but be a little selfish on the strike'," said Flynn. "Max played a great ball, and I knew (the Detroit defender) wouldn't want to foul me and give up a PK late in the game, so I was able to turn him and get one-on-one on the 'keeper from an angle. We had a lot of runners coming into the box, which I think distracted the 'keeper a little bit, so it was a great team goal."
Much more info on the match can be found at BGSUFalcons.com. The Falcons return home for a key Mid-American Conference contest vs. Western Michigan on Saturday (Nov. 1) at 3:00 p.m.