Nov. 3, 2013
MORAGA, Calif. - The USD men's soccer team was on the verge of their first conference victory before a goal in the 86th minute forced overtime and eventually led to a 2-1 loss at Saint Mary's Sunday afternoon. Keegan Smith's goal in the 19th minute gave USD (4-8-4, 0-5-3) a 1-0 advantage that they held for the majority of the game, but the Gaels (5-7-4, 3-3-2) evened it up with a goal by Alex Braman with less than four minutes remaining in regulation.
Smith took a chance from about 40 yards out in the 19th minute that bounced into the right corner past SMC keeper Andre Rawls, giving Smith his second goal of the season.
Despite being outshot 14-2 in the match, the Torero defense did a good job of keeping the Gaels from scoring for most of the game, especially considering they had to play a man down after Blake Milton received a red card in the eighth minute. USD keeper Michael D'Arrigo did his part with five saves on the day. However, Braman was able to score the equalizer when he headed a corner kick just past D'Arrigo in the 86th minute.
Then, with time running out in the first overtime frame, SMC's Michael Semenza knocked in a cross in front of the goal from Justin Howard in the 98th minute for the game winner.
The Toreros are growing accustomed to playing more than 90 minutes, with this being their ninth overtime game of the season and fourth in their last six contests.
Aside from Smith's goal, Connor Brandt was the only other Torero to record a shot on the day.
USD looks to rebound when they return home to host Gonzaga on Nov. 8 at 7 pm and Portland on Nov. 10 at 2 pm.