Men’s team rebounds with OT victory

Brandon Shrider and Brandon Shrider

With just two wins in October, the BG men’s soccer team finished the month with a double-overtime thriller.

Having scored just two goals in their last four games, the Falcons were struggling to put the ball in the net again on Wednesday.

Scoreless for the first 90 minutes, the game headed to

overtime.

However, neither team could put the ball in the net until late in the second and final overtime, then the nation’s second leading scorer, Pat Flynn scored an unassisted goal at the 109-minunte mark.

The golden goal snapped a four game winless skid for the Falcons securing win number 10 for the season and giving the Falcons their first 10-win season since 1998.

The goal was number 13 for Flynn on the season and first since Sept. 19 against Eastern Illinois where he scored goals 11 and 12.

“He [Pat Flynn] is a confident guy,” said head coach Eric Nichols. “He likes to win and today his goal won the game

for us.”

The victory helped the Falcons get out of a near month-long slump, reiterating to the team that it takes more than just good soccer to finish on top.

“The win feels great because winning is hard,” Nichols said. “You have to do more than just play well and these past few games in particular have shown us.”

The victory came on the play of goalkeeper Ryan Heuton making eight crucial saves. He notched the eighth team shutout and his fourth personal shutout for the season.

With the victory out of the way, BG will look to end the season on a high note beginning with a Mid-American Conference game on Saturday.

“We haven’t looked ahead to Western Michigan yet, but we’ll be business as usual. We’re never holding back,” Nichols said.

Western Michigan comes into the match with an 8-4-4 overall record having won two of their last three games.

The Broncos also hold a 2-0-1 record in the MAC, good for first place in the conference.

With the success of Western Michigan and the conference struggles of the Falcons, this game is going to be crucial in determining the length of the season for BG.

Another winless MAC game would almost certainly knock the Falcons out of contention for the conference tournament and therefore prevent BG from fulfilling their goal of a MAC title.

But the Falcons have played better soccer of late, using sound defense and firing off a multitude of shots as the recipe.

While the results have been shaky at best, the Falcons have put together a streak of quality performances that will guide them against the Broncos.