Thoroughbreds Use OT to Race Past Mountaineers

Saratoga Springs, N.Y. – Senior Diego Reinero scored in the 98th minute to lift the Skidmore College men's soccer team to a 4-3 OT victory over Southern Vermont, Tuesday night at Wachenheim Field. The Thoroughbreds improve to 5-7, while the Mountaineers fall to 7-4.

The teams put on an offensive show in the first half, as the two teams combined for six goals.  Mountaineer Pierre Massena got the scoring started at the 7:14 mark, heading home Erik Argueta's pass from outside the box for his seventh goal of the season. 

Freshman Brock Bakewell answered right back for Skidmore just a few minutes later, scoring on a rebound off a defensive save to tie the score. Just over two minutes later, Pat Wildes gave the Thoroughbreds the lead after he took a pass from Gildas Girimana in front of the goal. Wildes dribbled past a SVC defender and found the back of the net for his first goal of the season. 

In the 31st minute, Adam Beek sent a pass to Bakewell in the box and Bakewell chipped it over Mountaineer goalkeeper Connor Anniello for his second tally of the game, making the score 3-1.

Southern Vermont brought the score within one in the 38th minute on Chris Hansen's first goal of the season, a blast from outside the box. Ignacio Cervantes tied the match in the 41st minute, when he took a pass from Brett Clatworthy in the box and finished it home. The goal was Cervantes' second goal of the season.

Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the second half, despite Skidmore holding a 24-3 shot advantage.   In the overtime, the Mountaineers defense continued to hold for the first seven minutes; before Reinero blasted home a rebound to earn the 4-3 victory.

Anniello finished with 12 saves, while Nick Peterson made two saves for Skidmore. The Mountaineers will look to improve its 3-0 New England Collegiate Conference Record this Saturday at Elms College.