Connecticut College 3, Coast Guard 2
Hancock´s Goal in 89th Minute Lifts Camels to Victory
NEW LONDON, Conn. --Isaac Hancock (Gettysburg, Pa.) deposited a header on a cross from Mike Crosby (Sudbury, Mass.) in the 89th minute that lifted the Connecticut College men´s soccer team (2-1) to 3-2 nail-biting victory at the Coast Guard (3-4) Tuesday night. Junior Trevor Prophet (Nashua, N.H.) tallied two first half scores for the Camels, who improved their mark to 21-9-2 in the longstanding rivalry of neighboring institutions.
The Camels jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute of action. Brian Morgan (Harvard, Mass.) lofted a pass over the top of the Bear defense to Prophet. Prophet´s initial shot hit the cross bar but he was able to recover his rebound and find the back of the net with the goal. Later on in the frame with two minutes remaining, Prophet extended the Camel lead with his second score of the night and the Camels carried a 2-0 lead into the break.
But the Bears were not going to go quietly in this back and forth battle. In the 49th minute of play, the hosts halved the Camel lead. David McNair (Cordova, Tenn.) delivered a cross to Nick Devine (Rocky Hill, N.J.), who scored on a blast from just inside the 18. With 33:45 remaining, Peter Kelly (Miller Place, N.Y.) scored the equalizer on an assisting pass from Jacob Larsen (Cedar Creek, Tex.)
The Camels were able to recover though and seemed to regain control of the contest in the last 30 minutes of regulation. In the 87th minute, Prophet nearly had a hat-trick when his direct kick bounced off the right post. But in the 89th minute, the Camels were able to come up with the critical score that proved to be the difference. Crosby delivered the cross from 25 yards out across the box and Hancock was perfectly positioned at the far post to put in the header.
Tim Olah (Glastonbury, Conn.) finished with five saves for the Bears. Alex Martland (Marblehead, Mass.) made one stop for the Camels.
The Camels will host Amherst College Saturday afternoon for a 2:30 p.m. game on Tempel Green.
September 23, 2009