In cold, misty conditions, Minnesota Morris and Northwestern needed extra time to decide a winner in UMAC men’s soccer action on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Cougar Soccer Field in Morris. UMM's Jake Alessio drove home the game winner in the eighth minute of overtime as the Cougars prevailed, 2-1.
It seemed like it was going to be a scoring fest early on. Both teams notched goals in the game's first six minutes. Northwestern's Tyler McGeough drilled a shot in the lower right corner of the net to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute. A mere 18 seconds later, Denis Ostroushko went on a breakaway down the left side and connected with a shot to tie at the game at 1.
After that both goalies held firm for the next 90 minutes. UNW's Austin Gunkel made five saves while UMM's Lucas Harmon made eight stops. It was an evenly played game, fitting of a game that went to overtime. Northwestern held a slight edge in total shots (18-16) with a 9-7 edge in shots on goal.
With time running out in the first overtime session, Ostroushko fed Alessio from just inside the box and drilled the golden goal in the 98th minute. The Cougars are now unbeaten in their last seven UMAC contests.
Minnesota Morris (5-7-3, 5-1-2 in UMAC) next plays St. Scholastica Saturday, Oct. 13, in Duluth.