UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - Junior midfielder Houston Oldham netted the golden goal in the second overtime session to send Richmond men's soccer to a 1-0 win over St. Bonaventure in its season-finale on Sunday at Robins Stadium. The Spiders' victory marks the team's third-straight win and its first shut out of the season.
"We're glad to come away with the win today," said head coach Clint Peay. "St. Bonaventure is a difficult team to match up against. It was an up-and-down game, and we had a couple chances to put it away but didn't take them. I'm proud of our guys for gutting it out and finding a way. Houston Oldham played well and scored a great goal to give us the win."
St. Bonaventure (4-12-3, 0-7-2 A-10) controlled much of the momentum in the opening half, although the Spiders (5-12-1, 4-5-0 A-10) certainly had their chances. One of the squad's best first-half scoring opportunities came from freshman midfielder Sean Baker (Allentown, Pa./Salisbury) in the 20th minute when he escaped past the Bonnies' backline into the left side of the box, where his flick shot over the head of goalkeeper Bobby Diaz sailed just high over the crossbar.
Sophomore keeper Zac Brown (St. Paul, Minn./St. Paul Academy) did his part in net, putting on a show between the pipes in the second half. Early in the frame, Bonnies' sophomore midfielder Brad Vanino broke free from the Spider and drilled a shot on goal, but Brown bolted out and made an amazing save to thwart the threat. He was right back at it in the 87th minute, making a magnificent dive to rob sophomore midfielder Emmett O'Connor of a likely game-winner.
With the squads still stalemated in the first overtime period, Oldham nearly netted the golden goal on a header from 10 yards out, but Diaz skied to swat the ball out of the box.
Oldham (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) would get
the better of Diaz early in the second extra session, dribbling through the
Bonnies' defense to the far post and delivering a perfectly placed ball into
the left pocket of the net in the 102nd minute.
After securing a season-high 12 saves on Friday, Brown finished with another eight stops on Sunday to earn his third win in as many matches. Diaz also ended the afternoon with eight saves.
The Bonnies had a narrow 20-16 advantage in shots and finished with an 8-3 edge in corner kicks.
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ST. BONAVENTURE AT RICHMOND
Robins Stadium - Richmond, Va.
Nov. 6, 2011
St. Bonaventure 0
0 0 0 - 0
Richmond 0 0 0 1 - 1
Shots: UR 7 7 1 1 - 16, SBU 16 4 0 0 - 20
Corner Kicks: UR 2 1 0 0 - 3, SBU 2 5 1 0 - 8
Goalkeepers: UR: Zac Brown - 8 SV, 0 GA, 101:45, W; SBU: Bobby Diaz - 8 SV, 1 GA, 101:45, L
Fouls: UR 7, SBU 11
Offsides: UR 1, SBU 0