La Salle Posts OT Win Over Drexel, 3-2
PHILADELPHIA - The La Salle men's soccer squad opened its 2012 season in style on Saturday night, coming from behind to top Drexel 3-2 in overtime in the season openers for both squads at McCarthy Stadium. Junior Mike Stanton hit the equalizer with just 36 seconds remaining in regulation and freshman Joe Farrell netted his first collegiate goal 45 seconds into overtime.
"City games are all so very, very competitive and Drexel's a very good team," Head Coach Pat Farrell said. "They had us on our heels from time to time. One of the things in soccer is if you can somehow stay organized and defend, you're going to have the chance to win and we were able to do that."
Plumhoff got the Explorers (1-0, 1-0 Soccer 6) on the board early, sinking a penalty kick just 7:37 into the contest to put the home squad up 1-0. Rob Friskey had taken a shot that hit off the crossbar, and the Explorers gained control in the box when Drexel fouled to prompt the PK.
Tom Baker had a strong look at the net just a few minutes later, but Dragon keeper Pentti Pussinen came up with the save.
Neither team created many opportunities throughout the remainder of the half.
Drexel (0-1, 0-1 Soccer 6) broke through in the 49th minute when Malcolm LeBourne sank a redirected pass from Brandon Zeller off of a corner kick.
Fabio Machado broke the 1-1 tie with just 3:07 remaining in regulation, taking a pass from Ken Tribbett near midfield and dribbling down the field to sink the ball into the right side of the net.
The Explorers refused to go quietly, as Stanton netted the game-tying goal with just 36 seconds left in regulation. Andrew Weyershaeuser threw the ball in from the left side, which found Farrell. Farrell flicked the ball over to Stanton, who launched the ball into the left side of the net.
The Explorers kept the momentum, needing just 45 extra seconds to snag the game winner. Plumhoff got the ball to Farrell in the middle of a scrum in front of the net, and Farrell sank the goal to end the game.
"[The freshmen have] done a good job of making the adjustment and [Joe] had the opportunity to get into the game," Farrell said. "I'm looking for some big things from these guys."
The squad heads to Loyola (Md.) next Friday for a 7 p.m. contest before returning home for three straight home games beginning on Sunday, Sept. 2, when the Explorers host Mount St. Mary's at 1 p.m.
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