BLUEFIELD, Va. — The St. Andrews University men’s and women’s soccer teams were both involved in dramatic matches on Wednesday against Bluefield College. The men’s side rallied to send a game to double overtime before winning, while the women fell just short of a victory.
The SAU men rallied to top the Rams 3-2 in two overtimes in non-conference action. Senior Brandon Milliken got the Knights on the board first as he scored in the 37th minute for his first goal of the season. However, Bluefield came right back to tie the game under a minute later as the game was tied at one at the half.
After Bluefield would regain the lead to go up 2-1, the Knights would not quit as they scrambled to score the tying goal and send it into overtime. And that they did as freshman Laurin Michaelis scored his first goal of the year with just 12 seconds remaining in regulation to knot the game at two.
Once the first overtime began the entire 10-minute session was completely controlled by the Knights as they took shot after shot at the Bluefield keeper. But they were unable to put in the winning goal.
SAU’s determination would pay off as the Knight’s leading scorer on the year, junior Caio Lima scored the game clinching goal with just a minute to go in the second overtime to hand SAU their second win of the season. It was Lima’s fourth goal of the season.
St. Andrews (2-3) outshot Bluefield (2-3) 22-15 throughout the game.
Before the men took the field, the women were involved in a thriller of their own.
The women’s team gave up the winning goal in the last three minutes of play to lose 4-3 to the undefeated Rams. The Knights fell behind early 2-0 but rallied with a goal at the end of the first half by senior Tori Burkey off assists from sophomore Hayley Peck and freshman Nicole Bass.
After giving up another goal in the 60th minute to trail 3-1, the Lady Knights rallied once more with goals by Peck and freshman Alejandra Bittelman in a two-minute span in the 71st and 73rd minutes to tie the game at three. It was the second goals of the season by those two as well. Sophomore Miranda Kearney assisted on the Peck goal.
However, it was not to be on this day as SAU falls to 2-2 on the year while Bluefield improves to 4-0.
SAU actually outshot Bluefield 18-14 overall led by Peck’s 5 shots, but the Rams had more shots on goal. Goalkeeper Jessica Griffith made six saves on the day for the Knights. Bluefield was led by two goals from Pip Patterson.
The SAU women return to action when they travel back to Tennessee to face conference foe Tennessee Wesleyan (1-4) at 12 p.m. on Saturday. The men play at 3 p.m.