Bluefield's Jacob Mader scored the game-winner with 20 seconds left in the second overtime, as the host Rams stunned Union College, 2-1, in Appalachian Athletic Conference men's soccer action on Saturday.
With the loss, Union dropped to 5-6-1 overall, 0-3 in the AAC with the defeat, while Bluefield improved to 5-5-1, 1-2 in the AAC with the victory.
In the opening half, the Bulldogs were first to strike when Chris Riley
(Cornwall, England) scored in the 23rd minute off an assist from Marc Miller
(WInchester, Ky.), giving UC a 1-0 lead. The goal was the second of the season for Riley. For the remainder of the period, the Bulldogs played strong defense, and held on to the 1-0 lead into the locker room for intermission.
In the second half, it was the Rams who cranked up their defensive effort, holding the Bulldogs to no shots in the period. On offense, the Rams tied the game up quickly in the second frame, when James Gunn scored in the 54th minute to knot it up at one apiece.
The remainder of the regulation saw Bluefield attack on offense numerous times, but the Rams failed to put the ball in net to take the lead, and the match headed to overtime.
In the first overtime, Bluefield had two shots on goal stopped by UC goalie Andrew Metcalf
(Chester, England), while Jamie Cozens
(Southampton, England) took the lone shot of the frame for the Bulldogs, which went wide. In the second overtime, Union's last opportunity on net came with 2:46 left, as a Kevin Niehaus
(Independence, Ky.) shot was saved by Bluefield goalie Jefferson Watson.
This set up the stage for Mader's game-winner late in the match, which lifted the Rams to their first AAC win of the season.
Overall, Bluefield outshot Union 9-4 in the match. Metcalf was the hard luck loser in net after keeping the Bulldogs in it all afternoon, making four saves overall.
Union returns to the pitch on Wednesday for another road AAC tilt at Bryan. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.