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Overtime own goal hands Ole men win over PLU

Michael Abdella
September 3, 2012

NORTHFIELD, Minn.- After tying the game with three minutes remaining, the No. 16 St. Olaf men's soccer team gutted out a win over Pacific Lutheran University with an own goal early in the first overtime on Monday afternoon.

After controlling the first minute of the first overtime period, St. Olaf worked the ball into the PLU box and after a scrum in the box, Claudio Barboza's initial effort ricocheted over goalie Joe Rayburn's head and in for the game-winning goal. The goal came just 97 seconds into the first overtime session.

Just minutes earlier, Will Totimeh sent the game to overtime with a goal in the 86th minute to level the score at 2-2. Totimeh headed in David Rosenthal's corner for his first goal of the year off of Rosenthal's third assist of the young season.

The tying goal came after PLU had controlled the game for much of the second half. Trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Lutes got goals from Derek Johnson and Emmanuel Amarh to take a 2-1 lead. Johnson's goal in the 62nd minute was unassisted, while Amarh's second tally of the year came off an assist from Shane Gutierrez in the 80th minute.

First-year Aaron Stets had given the Oles the lead in the first half with his first collegiate goal. In the 38th minute, Stets got on the end of a through ball from fellow first-year Kevin Skrip and tucked the ball inside the far post with his left foot.

For the game, Pacific Lutheran outshot St. Olaf 14-11 and 9-8 in shots on goal. The Oles did hold an 11-5 advantage in corners and turned their final corner of regulation into Totimeh's tying goal. Johnson led the Lutes with six shots and five on target. Rosenthal, Kenzie Lund, and Stets each had two shots for St. Olaf.

Joe Rayburn made four saves in net for PLU and Harry Ullman made seven for St. Olaf. Rayburn made important saves on shots from Skrip in the second half, while Ullman made a spectacular stop off a Johnson header as well. Defender Stephen Johnson had a goal-bound header cleared off the line by a Lutes defender in the first half.

With the win, the Oles have now won their first two games of the season. St. Olaf travels to Luther on Wednesday for a game against the Norse at 7 p.m. Pacific Lutheran's record sits at 1-2-0 following a 1-0 win over Hamline and a 2-1 loss to Augsburg earlier.

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