WILMINGTON, Ohio - The Heidelberg men’s soccer team traveled to Wilmington College to continue Ohio Athletic Conference play. The two sides would need a second overtime to decide a victor and it was Berg freshman Kris Priddy who found the game wining goal in the 108th minute.
The first overtime period would pass without a goal from either side, but the Berg offense stayed hungry around the Wilmington goal with three shots.
On a counter attack at the 107:00 mark, Priddy broke free from the Wilmington defense and received a pass from sophomore forward Chris Koczak. Priddy lofted a shot over the Quaker goalkeeper, Anton Niklasson and into the twine.
Although Priddy played the role of hero against the Quakers with the double overtime goal, Koczak had a marvelous performance, tallying a goal and an assist.
The Koczak goal, his team-leading fifth of the season, came in the 15th minute off of a Heidelberg corner kick. Junior midfielder Hamid Shariff played in a corner kick and Koczak knocked it passed the Wilmington keeper.
Priddy’s goal marks the first of his collegiate career, while Shariff’s assist marks his second of 2013. As a unit, the Heidelberg offense outshoot the Quakers, 25-11.
The lone Wilmington goal of the contest came early in the first half. The Quakers drew first blood when Daniel Wicks knocked an Ethan Zimpfer pass into the Berg net.
Besides the Wilmington goal, Heidelberg’s junior keeper Matthew Stevens only faced two other shots on goal. Both saves came in the overtime periods. Stevens has collected 39 saves in his junior campaign, owns a save percentage of .750 and has stood tall for two shutouts.
With the thrilling double overtime victory, the Student Princes moves to 2-0-0 in conference play and 8-2-0 overall.
The Berg men will continue Ohio Athletic Conference competition on Saturday, October 12 when they travel to Capital University. Kickoff between the Crusaders and the Student Princes from Bexley, Ohio is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.