Pilots win overtime thriller
October 16, 2012
SHREVEPORT, La. - The term "Walk-off Win" when heard in October is usually pertaining to a Major League Baseball playoff game but for the LSU Shreveport Pilots men's soccer team the term was used on Tuesday afternoon as William Awagu netted the "Golden Goal" with 30 seconds remaining in double overtime as the Pilots defeated the Southwestern Christian University Eagles 3-2 at The Swamp in a non-conference game.
The victory propels the Pilots to their 10th win of the season, the most in a single season for the men's soccer program at LSU Shreveport. "This win says a lot for the type of players we have in our program; they work hard and they deserve it. But this season is far from over. When the season began we made it our goal to win conference and that is what we have left to do," said LSUS Head Coach Mike Aguilar.
The Pilots took the lead near the end of the first half when Jose Cordova sent a centering cross that was flicked on by Alan Arroyo to Awagu who headed it in for the goal. Southwestern rallied to tie the game in the early going of the second half but the Pilots bounced back two minutes later as Nelson Zelaya scored during the 54th minute with an assist from freshman Billy Martin, his first collegiate assist as he helped the Pilots regain the lead 2-1.
SWC (9-4) tied the game for the second time the half with a goal from Svetislav Milic during the 63rd minute. The contest remained deadlocked until the Pilots found the game winner with 30 seconds to spare. The Eagles dominated the shot count outshooting the Pilots 13-1 in the two overtime periods but the one shot was all the Pilots needed. SWC finished the contest outshooting the Pilots 25-15.
LSUS keeper Lance Quini had another magnificent day in goal as he made seven remarkable saves to help lead his team to victory. The Pilots did not take many shots but when they did they put them on goal with seven of their 15 shots going in or were saved.
"I'm proud of our guys today for the way they played through the adversity when they tied the game not once but twice. That shows me the heart for this team and they never gave up. Anytime a game has a minute to spare everyone thinks it is going to end in a tie. Our guys believed that they could score and we did," Aguilar said.
Awagu now has four goals on the year as today he scored the first and the last.
The overtime thriller should give the Pilots a boost as they head into Thursday's Red River Showdown with the Scorpions of UT-Brownsville. The game will kick off at 1 p.m. at The Swamp.