Towson Upends Men's Soccer In Double-Overtime Season Opener, 2-1

Towson Upends Men's Soccer In Double-Overtime Season Opener, 2-1

EMMITSBURG, Md. – Towson scored in the 102nd minute to come away with a 2-1 double-overtime victory against Mount St. Mary's in non-conference men's soccer action on Tuesday.

Patrick Wheeler (Newcastle, Australia/St. Francis Xavier), who had seven career assists coming into the match, notched his first collegiate goal in the 50th minute off a helper from Mark Plaisance (Montgomery Village, Md./Gaithersburg). Peter Steve made four saves for the Mount (0-1) in the season opener.

Olkunie Banjo scored the decisive goal in the second overtime and assisted Enrico Skrypzak's goal early in the opening half for the first goal of the day. C.J. Corey and Trevar Onidiek handed out helpers on Banjo's game-winner for the Tigers (1-1) while Felix Petermann turned away four shots in the winning effort.

Towson scored early in the first half only to see Mount St. Mary's tie the game with a tally early in the second half before the Tigers scored in double overtime en route to the victory.

Skrypzak skated through the Mount defense and scored off a Banjo assist at 9:51 to give Towson a 1-0 edge.

Wheeler answered for the Mount when he booted a ball into the netting from 20-yards out off a feed from Plaisance at 49:22 to even the score at 1.

Towson then won the game in double overtime, scoring on almost the same play it scored on in the first half. Corey and Onidek were able to get the ball ahead to Banjo, who found the netting at 101:27 for the decisive tally.

After the Mount tied the game at 1, the squad had a couple of chances to score and could not convert. Zoncher Dennis (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven), who paced the Mountaineers with 11 goals last year had his shot stopped by Petermann in the 65th and 72nd minutes while Alex Ockford (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) had his shot turned away in the 73rd minute. Dennis gave the Mount its last scoring chance in the 88th minute when his shot grazed off the crossbar.

Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Friday night at home against VMI. Game time is 7 p.m.