COLUMBIA, Ky. – Tom Moody’s goal with 6:12 remaining in the second overtime lifted top-ranked Lindsey Wilson to a 2-1 win over the No. 2-ranked University of Rio Grande, Thursday night, in the championship game of the Mid-South Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament at Lindsey Wilson’s Walter S. Reuling Stadium.
The Blue Raiders, 19-1, avenged an overtime loss to the RedStorm during the regular season with the come-from-behind victory.
Rio Grande, which slipped to 15-2-1 with the loss, saw its 16-game unbeaten streak snapped.
Freshman forward Luiz Filho (Sao Paulo, Brazil) broke a scoreless deadlock when he found the net off of a feed from senior forward Richard Isberner (Sao Paulo, Brazil), giving Rio a 1-0 lead with 26:10 left in the contest.
That’s how things stayed until the closing seconds of regulation, when Moody scored with 12 seconds left to play to tie the match and force overtime.
After both teams went scoreless in the first extra session, Moody recorded the game-winner by pushing a loose ball past Rio senior goal keeper Jack Marchant (Leeds, England) after he failed to corral his save of a point-blank shot by Lindsey’s Lwandiso Gonya in front of the goal.
Rio Grande outshot the Blue Raiders 16-10, including 6-5 in shots on goal.
Marchant finished with three saves in a losing cause, while Lindsey Wilson net-minder Yuta Nomura had five saves in the victory.
Rio Grande will return to action on Saturday, November 17, in the opening round of the NAIA National Tournament. The RedStorm will learn the identity of their first-round foe on Sunday.