BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - A goal in overtime and during the second half propelled the Union College men's soccer team to a 2-1 Appalachian Athletic Conference victory over Bluefield (Va.) College Saturday at home.
Despite his struggles early, Liam Johnson (East Yorkshire, England) came through in the clutch for Union. He gathered a loose ball at the top of the box then dribbled in and delivered the game winner three minutes into the overtime period.
Tyler Baker (Burlington, Ky.) entered the game off the Union bench and quickly made an impact with the game-tying goal in the 63rd minute. Mbizo Mzamane (Johannesburg, South Africa) provided the assist.
Baker along with a host of Bulldogs came off the bench to spark Tyler Brock's Union squad. Brock commented that the subs raised the level of play on the field to another level.
Bluefield's Nago Mbenque guided a shot into the back of the goal to put the visitors ahead in 13th minute.
In only his second contest of the season, Max Sisson stopped two shots in Union's goal. This was the first start at Union for the junior from Corbin, Ky.
The Bulldogs improved to 6-1-2 overall and 2-0 in conference play. Union also extended a four-game winning streak and remained undefeated at home with a 5-0-1 mark on Burch/Nau Field. Bluefield dropped to 0-3 in the AAC and 1-6 overall.
Union took a total of 17 shots and eight were on goal. On the other side, Bluefield attempted eight shots and three were on frame.
Next on the schedule for Union is a non-conference home contest Tuesday with Asbury (Ky.) College at 4 p.m.
- Union lost at Bluefield 2-0 match last year.
- This was the second overtime contest of the season for Union and the Bulldogs improved to 1-0-1 in such matches.
- Union played in one overtime AAC match last year, against Tennessee Wesleyan College, and it ended in a tie.
- The two conference wins matches the 2006 squad and doubles the wins by the 2007 team.