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BGSU men’s soccer team loses to WVU in double overtime

The men’s soccer team’s three goals were all scored by seniors in its final match against West Virginia this past Friday.

The Falcons tied the Mountaineers 3-3 in double overtime, but what seemed a neutral outcome is actually the end of the Falcons’ season.

“Obviously, we are hugely disappointed that our season is over,” head coach Eric Nichols said. “We put ourselves in a tough spot, having to come to West Virginia and get a win.”

With this loss the Falcons season comes to an end one win short of the Mid-American Conference Tournament.

“We came up short in a couple of earlier games when we needed to take care of business,” Nichols said.

Senior Ryan Comiskey scored both of the Falcons first half goals which allowed them to be up 2-1 going into half time.

In the second half the home team Mountaineers rallied with two goals giving them a 3-2 lead. The game looked to be going to the Mountaineers until senior Ryan Snashell scored off of a header with 5 minutes left in regulation.

During the overtime periods, the Mountaineers were content to sit back on defense and look for the occasional counterattack.

One counter came with four minutes gone in the final period, and almost ended the game. The shot from the Mountaineers was just wide of the left post.

The Falcons put numbers forward in a frantic bid to get the winning goal, but BG could not get another shot off in the remaining 75 seconds and the match ended in a draw.

“We scored three goals, and we had a couple letdowns defensively, but I couldn’t be more proud of the way we approached this game and the way we went about our business,” Nichols said.

The Mountaineers had a 22-15 advantage in shot attempts, and the Mountaineers were led with nine shots on goal to the Falcons’ four.

“I am extremely sad for our seniors,” said Nichols. “They have left an indelible mark on this program, and they set high standards that we will all strive to live up to as we move forward. But, no question, this group will be missed.”

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