This story is courtesy of the Stony Brook Independent.
By: Dan Cristofaro
The story was Stony Brook men's soccer toppling No. 21 ranked Harvard, until the last minute, when the Crimson knocked in a goal to send it into extra time and an eventual 1-1 tie.
The Seawolves seemed like they had an upset in the bag, but after 89 minutes and 23 seconds Harvard forward Brian Rogers sent a shot into upper right part of the net to tie the game at one-a-piece.
“We kind of gave the game away,” Stony Brook Head Coach Cesar Markovic said.“It's a little bit of a bittersweet type of thing. We'll take it. It's better than losing.”
The first half was scoreless for both sides and shot attempts were scarce too. Stony Brook only took three shots and Harvard took two.
The Seawolves began the second half on the right foot, with sophomore forward Brian Gobeil being taken out in the box by Harvard goalie Brett Conrad, prompting a penalty kick. Gobeil fired the kick to the left, past Conrad, for the 1-0 Stony Brook lead in the 48th minute. Gobeil was carded for removing his shirt during the celebration.
Then Harvard tied the game.
Despite what the score indicated, Stony Brook's shot attempts outnumbered Harvard's 13-6 at the end of regulation.
In the 99th minute of the first overtime period, Gobeil led a break down the field, but it was broken up by the Harvard's Conrad. That was the closest the Seawolves would come in the first overtime.
In the 102nd minute, Harvard's Rogers almost tallied his second goal of the evening to escape LaValle Stadium with a win, but Seawolves goalie Stefan Manz came up with a tremendous diving save.
The second overtime delivered chances for both sides, but neither team could capitalize. The Seawolves would have to settle for a hard-fought draw.
“We had a couple of dangerous opportunities,” Markovic said. “Overall it was a good game, great crowd.”