Davin’s Goal with 20 Seconds to Play Lifts Men’s Soccer to Dramatic Win Over Penn; Second Straight 2OT Victory; Watch Video Highlights

Davin’s Goal with 20 Seconds to Play Lifts Men’s Soccer to Dramatic Win Over Penn; Second Straight 2OT Victory; Watch Video Highlights

Jamie Davin's game-winning goal with 20 seconds to play in double overtime gave the American's University men's soccer team a thrilling 2-1 victory over Penn on Tuesday afternoon at Reeves Field. The Eagles are unbeaten in their last six contests, including five wins during the stretch, and have won back-to-back matches in double overtime.

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After a strong defensive start to the match by both teams, American (7-3-1, 3-0 Patriot League) began to control the action. The Eagles were able convert first with a goal in the 41st minute by sophomore Jack Scott. On the play, Cameron Petty passed the ball to teammate David Menzie, who connected with a streaking Scott down the middle of the field. Scott was able to outrun the Penn defense and put a shot past Quaker goalkeeper Ben Berg.

In the opening 45 minutes, American outshot Penn (4-5-3, 0-1-1 Ivy League) by a 9-2 margin, and did not allow a shot on goal.

The beginning of the second half seemed to cause a shift in momentum, as the Quakers became the aggressors on the pitch. In the 57th minute, Penn was able to take advantage of its solid play to tie the score at one on a goal by Loukas Tasigianis. AU goalkeeper Matt Makowski nearly made the play on the shot, catching a piece of the ball, but it got past him, finding the back of the net.

Penn continued to apply the pressure on the Eagles for the remainder of the half, earning several good scoring opportunities. In the second stanza, the Quakers outshot American, 9-3.

The 1-1 tie through 90 minutes sent the match to sudden-death overtime, where the Eagles picked up their play and controlled the action on the field. The best scoring chance for either team in the first 10 minute overtime period came by American's Daniel Shannon, who fired a shot just high of the goal with 4:12 to play.

The match went to a second overtime period, where the Eagles had a golden opportunity to convert the game-winner on a beautiful cross by Colin Zizzi to the foot of Davin, who was stationed in front of the goal. Davin's shot sailed high, however, and it appeared that the match was destined for a 1-1 final score.

With under a minute to play, the Eagles moved the ball in Penn's side of the field for one final attack. American fired a cross into the center of the field, where numerous players were clustered, and Penn's goalkeeper Berg punched the ball out of the goalbox. Davin, a junior, was right there for the Eagles, and fired a long-range shot, which got through the traffic in front of the goal for the thrilling sudden death game-winner.

American outshot Penn, 18-13, in the match, including a 5-0 advantage in the second overtime period. Both teams recorded eight shots on goal in the nearly 110 minutes of play.

For the second consecutive match, American has displayed a flair for the dramatic in a late match situation. Last Saturday versus Lafayette, Nick Kapus' game-tying goal with 54 seconds left in regulation sent the match to overtime, where Mike Worden converted the game-winner in double overtime.

The Patriot League-leading Eagles will return to action this Saturday, October 17 with a conference matchup at Navy at 7 p.m. American will return to Reeves Field a week later on October 24 for a 3 p.m. showdown versus Lehigh.