BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, NY—St. Francis Brooklyn senior Yussuf Olajide broke a 1-1 tie on a goal with 6:31 left in the second overtime, lifting the Terriers to a 2-1 sudden death win over visiting NJIT in non-conference men’s soccer action on Wednesday night.
Olajide finished a give-and-go play from senior Fabian Suele, taking Highlanders keeper Victor Pujades, 1v1, to set up the winning tally at 103:29.
NJIT scored first in the match as junior co-captain Mamadou Guirassy rebounded the ball inside the box and fired into the upper left corner unassisted at 12:54. The goal for Guirassy was the third of the season.
The Highlanders 1-0 advantage held until the second half, despite a couple of good chances, including, a header in the final minute of the first half by Terriers Collyns Laokandi, stopped by a diving Pujades to keep the Highlanders ahead, 1-0.
St. Francis Brooklyn pulled even, 1-1, in the 66th minute as Faouzi Taieb finished a header into the back of the net off a feed from senior Salvatore Barone.
The match was deadlocked through the remaining 24 minutes of regulation, 10 minutes of the first overtime and nearly four minutes into the second overtime.
The result, while just short of a tie, drops the Highlanders to 3-2-1 while the Terriers improve to 2-3-1 on the season.
The visitors outshot the Terriers, 11-6 and edged St. Francis Brooklyn in shots on goal, 5-4. NJIT’s Guirassy paced the Highlanders with four shots (two on goal) while juniors Danny Cordeiro, who made his first appearance of the season and Jack Flanagan recorded two shots apiece.
Senior goalkeeper Seth Erdman stopped four NJIT shots in the win while Pujades recorded two saves.
NJIT, which has played its last two matches on the road, will host Stony Brook on Saturday at 2pm on the campus of Kean University’s East Campus Facility. The Seawolves have won the last three matches and enter Saturday’s contest with a 4-2-0 overall mark.