LYNDHURST, N.J. - Saint Michael's College men's soccer sophomore Andres Rivas (Caracas, Venezuela/Palmer Trinity School) scored the winning goal with 28 seconds left in the second overtime to lift the Purple Knights to a 2-1 win over Felician (N.J.) University on Saturday at Lyndhurst Recreation Complex. Saint Michael's is 3-6-1, as two of its victories have come in double overtime, while the Golden Falcons are 4-6-2.
Rivas netted his second goal of the season while picking up an assist on sophomore Justin D'Orlando's (Middleton, Mass./Bridgton Academy) 74th-minute tying strike. D'Orlando aided Rivas' winner, as each finished with three points on the day. Sophomore Gabriel Pineda (Miami, Fla./Immaculata-La Salle) picked up the victory while making three saves over the final 64:32 in relief of senior Daniel du Feu (Miami, Fla./Palmer Trinity School), who played the opening stanza. Saint Michael's is now 3-1 in the all-time series, with the teams having last previously met in 2012. Junior Maxi Ojeda scored for Felician, and sophomore Joe Sartori made seven saves.
The Purple Knights held a 7-1 advantage in shots during the second extra session, with seniors Daniel Castaño (Miami, Fla./Doral Academy Charter School) and Matt Vlasich (East Kingston, N.H./Exeter/Saint Anselm) nearly ending the game early but heading crosses high from close range in the 102nd and 103rd minutes, respectively. Sophomore Christopher McLaughlin almost buried the winning goal for Felician during the 107th minute, drilling a shot from the left side of the box just over the right part of the frame.
In the final minute, senior Adrián Díaz (Santiago de Compostela, Spain/Vermont Academy) made a run from his position on defense into the Golden Falcon end before leading D'Orlando toward the left endline, where the sophomore crossed through the box and Rivas one-touched the pass home at the opposite post.
Rivas was stopped by Sartori in the 19th minute for the first shot on goal by either team before Ojeda slipped a free kick inside the left post at 35:21 to make it 1-0. Three Purple Knights had bid denied by Sartori in the final 5:26 of the half, and both he and Pineda turned away two shots apiece in the opening 27-plus minute of the second stanza with Saint Michael's trailing 1-0. During the 74th minute, Rivas found D'Orlando, who sent a low shot inside the left post to knot the contest. That proved to be the final shot on net in regulation for either squad.
Off of a corner set in the 97th minute, Díaz found junior Bradley Anair (Bennington, Vt./Mount Anthony Union), whose shot drifted wide right. Pineda made a stellar save of junior Gabe Viana early in the 100th minute before sophomore Cris Cervantes (Barranquilla, Colombia/Doral Academy Charter School) sent a shot over the net with 11 seconds to go.
The Purple Knights continue a three-game road swing by visiting regionally-ranked Franklin Pierce University on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Ravens are seventh in this week's United Soccer Coaches East Region poll.