ROCK HILL, S.C. - The Liberty Flames and the Winthrop Eagles each scored late goals, playing to a 1-1 tie in a Big South men’s soccer match, Saturday afternoon at Eagle Field.
After 86 minutes without a goal, Liberty took a 1-0 at 86:50 on the first goal of the season by forward Clyde Glasteeter. However, host Winthrop pushed attackers forward and was able to score the equalizer with 28 second left in regulation on a penalty kick due to a foul in the 18-yard box by Liberty. In the two overtime periods, neither team was able to find the game-winner.
The Flames run their unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1), moving to 4-1-1 in the Big South action and 6-6-1 overall. The Eagles now stand at 2-3-1 in conference play and 6-7-1 overall. It is the second straight season, Liberty and Winthrop have gone to overtime during their regular season match-up.
Premium shots were scarce during the opening half. During the 12th minute, Eagle midfielder Patrick Barnes collected a loose ball and punched the first shot attempt of the contest wide left.
Five minutes later, Winthrop got another opportunity with a corner kick. However, defender Jordi LLuch header from eight yard out floated harmlessly over the goal frame. Also during the 17th minute, Liberty launched its first shot of the contest. Midfielder Johnny Torres took a drop pass at 20 yards out and pushed an attempt wide.
The host Eagles’ best opportunity of the first half came in the 22nd minute off a corner kick. Alex Isern's service was redirected by Lluch at the near post, but Liberty goalkeeper Scott Sutarik quickly reacted and pushed the ball over the crossbar to keep the contest scoreless.
During the 30th minute, the Flames sent a crossing pass into the center of the 18-yard box. Flames midfielder Juan Niño ran onto the ball unmarked and ripped a low shot wide, just past the far left post.
In the scoreless half, Winthrop held a 5-4 edge in shots, while holding a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.
The second half began with Sutarik turning a shot away by Isern during the 52nd minute. Off a free kick from 30 yards out, the Eagle forward pushed a show towards the lower right corner of the goal, which the Liberty keeper snatched away.
In the 55th minute, Flames midfielder Sachem Wilson lifted a shot from just outside the box, which sailed wide of the top right corner of the net.
At 60:50, Liberty forward Kyle Breitmeyer headed a loose ball which had been deflected by a Winthrop defender straight up in the air, toward the net, only to see it hit the crossbar and go over.
Flames midfielder Blessing Tahuona forced Eagle goalkeeper Enrique Miranda to make a save during the 83rd minute. Tahouna pounced on a ball headed back to the top of the 18-yard box and footed a shot right at Miranda, which he corralled.
Less than four minutes later, Liberty took the lead. Defender Uriah Bentick sent a pass toward the top of the box, which Glastetter ran down and chipped over Miranda to give the Flames a 1-0 advantage at 86:50.
However, the host Eagles sent the contest to overtime with just 28 second left in regulation. A Liberty foul in the 18-yard box resulted in a penalty kick, which Isern converted for his sixth goal of the year, knotting the game at 1-1 and sending it to overtime.
During the first overtime session, each team had a shot attempt go wide. Winthrop’s attempt came off a header of a crossing pass during the 95th minute. Liberty’s came on low shot to the left from inside the box by Brietmeyer.
In the second overtime, the Flames had the only attempt of the final 10 minutes. Midfielder Rafael Amaya stepped in front of a clearing pass and ripped a shot from the top of the box, pushing pass the upper right corner of the net.
Liberty edged Winthrop, 15-14, in shots during the contest. Winthrop held a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.
Sutarik played the entire 110 minutes in the Flames’ net, making four saves. Miranda also played the full contest for the Eagles, recording one save.
Liberty returns home to host the High Point Eagles in a Big South match on Tuesday. Game time at the East Campus Fields in scheduled for 7 p.m.