Men's Soccer Downs Spartans in Double Overtime

Men's Soccer Downs Spartans in Double Overtime
Sascha Koettig knotted the game in the 84th minute and slipped in the game-winner in overtime. Photo by Joel Auerbach.
MIAMI SHORES, Fla.—With the equalizing goal in the second half and the game-winner in the second overtime period, Sascha Koettig propelled the Barry men’s soccer team past the Tampa Spartans 3-2 on Saturday.

“I saw an opportunity to take the defender one on one,” senior midfielder Koettig said. “I took Godfrey’s [François] pass, sprinted toward the touch line, and was able to finish." 

The Buccaneers started the scoring in the 16th minute when junior Mark Anderson controlled the ball in the box and passed it to senior Andres Perez. Perez flicked a pretty back heel pass to sophomore Joe Conkleton who ripped a 10-yard shot past Tampa keeper David Niepel and into the back of the net to give Barry the early 1-0 lead.

Tampa answered with only 02:00 minutes left to play in the first period after Barry failed to clear a long throw-in into the box. The ball ended up at the feet of midfielder Lister Warren who poked the ball in the goal. The half ended in a 1-1 tie.

The deadly Tampa midfielder struck again for his sixth goal of the year at the 59:25 mark. Warren chipped Barry keeper Johnny Rodrigues from 45 yards out to give his Spartans a 2-1 advantage. Warren's shot went off the fingers or Rodrigues, struck the post and rolled into the goal.

With the Bucs down by one late in the second half, senior Mark Kilpatrick sent a pass to the far post for fellow senior François. François just missed on a sliding finish into an open net that would have tied the game.

“I’m happy about the resiliency of our team,” head coach Steve McCrath said. We really built each other up tonight when times got tough. Godfrey [François] was disappointed with himself but then came back and played a great overtime and assisted in the game-winner.”

At the 83:04 mark, Koettig took a beautiful pass from Conkleton, beat a defender, and blasted the equalizer into the back of the net. Koettig’s goal was assisted by both Conkleton and Sean Trinidad.

“Sascha [Koettig] is just a gutsy player you can count on day in and day out,” McCrath said. “He worked so hard tonight to get the ball, and when our captain works that hard in the little things it makes the whole team want to work even harder.”

After a scoreless first overtime period, Koettig dribbled a nice through ball from François toward the touch line and snuck the game-winner past the Tampa Keeper from eight yards out for the win. Trinidad also earned an assist on the goal.

The Bucs waste no time for their next match as they host rival Lynn in their on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 7:00 p.m.

                                               Soccer Game Summary (Final) 
                                                      2010 Barry Men's Soccer
                                     Tampa vs Barry (10/02/10 at Miami Shores, Fla.)

Tampa (6-4-0, 1-2-0 SSC) vs. Barry (5-1-2, 2-0-0 SSC)
Date: 10/02/10 Attendance: 207
Weather: low 80s slight breeze

Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 Tot
Tampa............... 1 1 0 0 - 2
Barry................... 1 1 0 1 - 3

1. 15:18 BUM Joe Conkleton (2) (Andres Perez;Mark Anderson) - pretty back heel pass to left footed shot
2. 43:07 UTM Lister Warren (5) (unassisted) - missed clearance in the 6th
3. 59:25 UTM Lister Warren (6) (Jordan Moses) - 50 yard chip
4. 83:04 BUM Sascha Koettig (5) (Joe Conkleton;Sean Trinidad) - pretty combo on the left side
5. 102:49 BUM Sascha Koettig (6) (Godfrey Francois;Sean Trinidad) - 9 yards out from the right wing to far post

Shots: Tampa 12, Barry 23
Saves: Tampa 8 (David Niepel 7; TEAM 1), Barry 2 (Johnny Rodrigues 2)