St. Mary's Men's Soccer Drops Heartbreaker in OT

Sunny Chhatani '18 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood
Sunny Chhatani '18 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood

For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · nmoran@smcm.edu

St. Mary's City, Md. – Christopher Newport University's Stephen Durbin snapped the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's soccer team's five-game win streak Wednesday afternoon with his "golden goal" in the 99th minute. Today's 2-1 overtime loss is the first Capital Athletic Conference loss for St. Mary's while CNU remains unblemished at 5-0 in league action.

St. Mary's 1, Christopher Newport 2 (OT)

How It Happened

  • It was a physical contest played on a wet, slippery field as both sides combined for 50 fouls and seven yellow cards.
  • St. Mary's drew first blood in the 29th minute when the Seahawks awarded a penalty kick after sophomore forward Khalid Balogun (Bowie, Md./Bowie) was taken down in the box.
  • Senior captain Sunny Chhatani (Lima, Peru/Indian Creek [Md.]) stepped up to the spot and scored into the top left corner for the 1-0 Seahawk lead at 28:20.
  • Strong defensive play from St. Mary's kept the Captains, who outshot the Seahawks, 9-4 in the first half, off the scoreboard through halftime.
  • Durbin put CNU on the board five minutes into the second half as he had a running volley right at the goal line off a cross from the right side from Jimmy Grace.
  • Both sides had great opportunities to end the game in regulation but both goalkeepers made point blank saves to send the game into extra frames.
  • Following CNU's eight corner kick, Derek Cook fired a shot to the middle of the goal which was initially stopped by senior captain Zack Haussler (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) but Durbin was right there to put back the rebound with a 1:03 left in OT.

For the Seahawks (8-5-0, 4-1-0 CAC)

  • Scorer: Chhatani (1 goal)
  • Goalkeeper: Haussler (8 saves, 2 goals allowed, 98:57)
  • St. Mary's tallied 12 shots (five on goal) and collected seven corner kicks, including five in the second stanza.

For Christopher Newport (10-2-0, 5-0-0 CAC)

  • Scorers: Durbin (2 goals); Grace (1 assist); Cook (1 assist)
  • Goalkeeper: Zach Pedini (4 saves, 1 goal allowed, 98:57)
  • The Captains picked up 21 shots (10 on goal) and eight corners, including six in the first 45 minutes.

Notes

  • CNU moves to 17-4-2 all-time against St. Mary's, including an 11-0-1 mark in the last 12 games.

Up next for the Seahawks

  • Oct. 14 at Southern Virginia University (4-9, 1-3 CAC) – Buena Vista, Va. – CAC match – 5:00 p.m. 

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