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Lions Triumph 2-1 in Double-Overtime Upset of Behrend
ERIE, Pa. - In the team's final regular season game, Penn State Altoona men's soccer posted one of its most exciting performances of the year, defeating rival Penn State Behrend 2-1 in two overtimes on the road on Saturday afternoon.
The win was an important victory for the Lions, who finish the regular season with a 6-3 mark in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. Pending results from other AMCC games, the team has a chance to host a first round playoff game next weekend. Check http://www.amcconf.org for updated standings and AMCC Tournament information.
The Lions got off to a good start, as Quinn Oyler (Chambersburg, PA/Chambersburg) gave Penn State Altoona a 1-0 lead at 23:24 with an unassisted goal.
The Lions nursed their one-goal lead deep into the second half until Behrend tied the game 1-1 at 83:15 when Jake Gamble headed a long ball into the net.
One scoreless overtime period came and went, setting up a final 10 minute period to decide the outcome.
Penn State Altoona capitalized on a scoring opportunity late in the period. Dylan Pickering (Washington Crossing, PA/Council Rock North) set up Cody Beach (South Williamsport, PA/South Williamsport) with a long ball upfield. With just 13 seconds left on the clock, Beach's sliding shot found the back of the net to give the Lions a walkoff win.
The Lions' goalkeeper Brandon Moss (Springfield, NJ/Jonathan Dayton) turned away eight shots to record his sixth win of the season.
The game was an evenly-played affair, with Behrend holding slim advantages in shots attempted (22-17) and corner kicks (6-4). Penn State Altoona posted more shots on goal than the home team by a 10-9 margin.
Penn State Altoona men's soccer has won five straight games and six out of their last seven.
Photo: Penn State Altoona freshman Cody Beach scored the game-winning goal with 13 seconds left in the second and final overtime period on Saturday.