Guerrier Delivers in Overtime for Rams
Rams move back to .500 (6-6-1) on season with OT win.
Sports Information Department BC
October 8, 2011
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Murfreesboro, NC – With only two minutes left in the first overtime period, Freshman midfielder Steven Guerrier hit a rocket into the upper corner of the goal to give the Rams a win over the host Chowan University (NCAA Division2). This ‘golden goal’ is Guerrier’s first goal of the season, and it could not have come at a better time.
The Rams took control early with multiple chances on goal, but could not convert until the 22nd minute on a header from Sophomore striker Pedro Frazillio. The play was set-up by Junior midfielder Dan Turpin, who controlled a throw-in on the far side, eluded the CU defense, and played a pin-point pass to the head of Frazillio. The goal marks Frazillio’s fourth of the year, and the fifth assist for Turpin.
Throughout the rest of the first half and early second half, the Rams created opportunities to score around the goal, but could not put the ball in the net. Freshmen Aaron Georgiades, Matt Plucinski, Anthony Hunt, and Jacob Mader all saw their chances turned away or missed high and wide, keeping the score at 1-0 late in the game. One of the best chances came on a through ball played by Frazillio to Freshman Dillon Bess, who struck a far post shot off the post. The ball was quickly swallowed up by the Chowan goalkeeper after nearly bouncing off the post and in the goal.
With just under five minutes to go, Chowan continued to push for the tying goal when CU midfielder Kenny Moore found his striker Josh Gross in front of the goal with a cross; Gross calmly placed the ball in the corner past sophomore GK Justin Cook. With the game tied at 1-1 both teams prepared for overtime.
In the overtime period, the Rams came out with an intense effort to finish the game. Seemingly unfazed by the 90 minutes of energy already exerted, the Rams took it to the Hawks and had a handful of chances to score early in the period. With only two minutes remaining in the first overtime period, Jacob Mader created space on the left side and crossed the ball to the middle where Turpin struck the ball on goal; however, CU goalkeeper Ethan Phelps made a great save on a point-blank shot.
Enter Steven Guerrier. The freshman midfielder had been all over the field for a full 90 minutes, and he did not give up on the play. After GK Phelps made the save, the ball bounced out away from the goal towards the sideline. Guerrier chased the ball down, then turned and struck a rocket from 12 yards out into the upper corner. “It was a great strike,” commented BC Head Coach Peter Dryer, “We were looking for someone to step up and finish the game – and ‘Haiti’ did that.”
The ‘golden goal’ instantly ended the match, and moved the Rams to a 6-6-1 record on the season. They return to AAC action this Tuesday when they travel to Tennessee Wesleyan College. The next home match will be Saturday October 15 at 2:00 pm against Tennessee Temple University at East River Soccer Complex.
Photo contribution made by: Lacie Helms Sports Photography