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Bullock's OT Goal Pushes Liberty Past Winthrop, 3-2
Tyler Bullock's goal in the second period of overtime propelled the Liberty Flames to a 3-2 victory over the Winthrop Eagles in a Big South men's soccer contest, Saturday afternoon at Osborne Stadium.
With the score tied at 2-2 in the second overtime, Liberty midfielder Tanner Wilcox beat an Eagle defender to a loose ball near the right goal post and fed a pass into the center of the six-yard box for Bullock. With the Winthrop goalkeeper out of position, the sophomore scored the game-winner with a shot into the open left side of the net to give Liberty the 3-2 victory at 103:36. The golden goal was Bullock's first career marker.
Midfielder Tim Harbison scored both of Liberty's goals during regulation to post the first multiple-goal game of his career.
With the win, the Flames move to 2-3 in Big South Conference play and 5-5 overall. The Eagles fall to 1-2 in conference action and 7-3-1 overall. It is the first time this season, Liberty has played past regulation.
Playing in a persistent rain, the host Flames carried play for the most of the first half, outshooting the Eagles, 9-2.
Each team did get the both goalkeepers involved early. A shot by Wilcox during the eighth minute was corralled by Winthrop keeper Guilherme Avelar, while a shot by Eagle midfielder Adam Brundle was stopped by Liberty goalkeeper Jeremy Lee during the 12th minute.
After the shot, Liberty pressured the Winthrop defense with five unanswered shots through the next 26 minutes, capitalizing on its constant attack during the 39th minute. After Flames forward Kyle Breitmeyer was pull down in the 18-yard box, Harbison converted the ensuing penalty kick for his first goal of the half and a 1-0 lead.
Harbison then extended Liberty's advantage to 2-0 with time running out in the opening the half. Taking a corner kick, the midfielder curved a shot from the left corner into the net for his second goal of the half and third goal of the season at 44:51.
On a rainy afternoon, neither team found many quality scoring opportunities during the opening 25 minutes of the second half.
During the 76th minute, Winthrop midfielder Achille Obougou and Liberty midfielder Sachem Wilson did exchange quality scoring attempts. Obougou's was turned aside by the Flames' Lee. Meanwhile, Wilson pushed a shot from the upper right-hand corner of the 18-yard box, just wide of the far post.
The Eagles cut into the Liberty lead during the 79th minute. After a Liberty foul in the box, Brundle made the penalty kick for his second goal of the year, trimming the Flames' advantage to 2-1.
A minute later off a corner kick, Liberty's Jamie Foxwell came free on the left side of the 18-yard box. The defender fired a shot towards the far post, which Winthrop goalkeeper Alevar could not get to. However, an Eagle defender quickly ranged back and kicked the ball away from the goal line to prevent the Flames from scoring.
Despite going a man down in the 82nd minute, Winthrop found the equalizer during the 86th minute. Midfielder Adriano Negri inserted a pass into the center of the 18-yard box. The pass deflected off several players at the top of the area and into the left side. There, Pol Sole' pounced on the loose ball and scored his first goal of the year, knotting the contest at 2-2.
In the final minute of regulation, a shot by Liberty midfielder Murphy Short was deflected out, giving the Flames a corner kick opportunity. However, the Eagles were able to clear, sending the contest to overtime.
During the first overtime, Liberty once again carried play. The Flames fired four shots over the 10 minute period, while not allowing one by the Eagles. Wilson came free for a shot after a long run by forward Breitmeyer during the 99th minute, but Avelar was able to make a diving stop to keep Liberty from victory.
In the second overtime, Bullock came close to finding the game-winner during the 103rd minute. Off a corner kick, the forward sent a header towards the left post, but Avelar was able to snag the attempt.
Less than a minute later, Bullock found the net to give Liberty a 3-2 victory.
For the match, the Flames held a 23-14 advantage in shots and a 9-8 edge in corner kicks.
Lee finished the contest with seven saves, recording his first career victory, as the Liberty goalkeeper. Avelar made eight saves for Winthrop.
Liberty continues a stretch of three-straight home matches, Tuesday. The Flames will host the Howard Bison in the middle game of the span. Match time is scheduled for 6 p.m.