The Shippensburg University men’s soccer team took the field Saturday against No. 6 Gannon University but fell in overtime 2-1 at David See Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Raiders were fresh off their first ever victory against No. 22 Mercyhurst, 1-0 but that energy could not translate into a victory.
The game started slow for both teams. SU had a prime opportunity when sophomore Fred Lucas put a shot on goal that hit the cross bar. GU had an opportunity to take the lead in the 30th minute when the net was left open, but SU’s Austin Hill made a head save to redirect the ball over the net.
The first half ended in a 0-0 tie. The Raiders recorded 9 shots on goal while the Golden Knights recorded 7.
The Golden Knights came out of halftime with a goal from senior midfielder Tyler Hollingsworth in the 51st minute. The assist was credited to redshirt freshman Gavin Linsell who crossed the ball from the left side of the field and Hollingsworth finished.
The Raiders answered with a goal in the 73rd minute. Senior midfielder Sam Talbot capitalized on a penalty kick, which tied the game at one.
However, neither team could score again in regulation, sending the game into extra time.
The first overtime was mellow as both teams struggled to get any offense going, posting three shots combined in the first session.
Shortly after the second overtime began, the Golden Knights took advantage of a rare opportunity and scored the deciding goal. Senior midfielder Sean Washek chipped the ball over the goalkeeper’s head and it found the back right corner of the net, sending the Golden Knights to a 2-1 victory.
After the victory the Golden Knights improve to 12-2 overall and 6-1 in PSAC play. The Raiders fall to 4-8-2 overall and 2-5-1 in PSAC play.
The Raiders will try to finish the year strong against New York Institute of Technology and California University of Pa.