Bears Score in Final Second Of Double Overtime to Defeat Detroit
Sept. 13, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Missouri State men's soccer team (3-1-0) opened the Baymont Inn Classic with a thrilling last second goal to defeat Detroit (0-1-3) as time expired, 2-1.
The Bears earned a corner kick with 0:34 remaining on the clock in the second overtime. Freshman Phil Woods stood over the ball and crossed in a ball that was deflected out of bounds by a Detroit Titans defender. With only seven seconds remaining, senior Matt Bray raced over to the opposite corner flag and swung in a high cross which connected directly onto junior Brandon Besong's head and into the back of the net.
The time on the scoreboard read "0:01" and it seemed like it only took one second after that for all of Besong's teammates to embrace him at the top of the six yard box, the location of his game-winner.
"We have so much to give. Everybody gave it their all tonight and it showed," said Besong, who played in all 110 minutes for the Bears. "It's a great goal, but really everybody contributed. It feels really good."
For the second time in as many matches, the Bears found themselves trailing 1-0 in the game. Detroit's Patrick Soltys scored off a header from a very long throw-in from Adam Bedell in the 14th minute to give the Titans the early lead.
Missouri State, however, did not allow the goal to tear them apart and were able to find the back of the net on their own in the 35th minute on a shot from the top of the box by Jack Roberts. Jack Wood dribbled past a defender and dropped off an easy pass to Roberts who was able to get a clean strike on it and put away the equalizer.
The Bears did have other opportunities to put the game away, including a shot by Wood with under a minute left in regulation that hit the crossbar and was cleared out of danger. A corner kick with time winding down in the first overtime was also given to the home side, but did not result in a goal.
Goalkeeper Trevor Spangenberg logged his third win of season, making three big saves on the night.
The Bears will conclude the tournament back at Plaster Field on Sunday at 2:30, immediately following the Detroit vs. Dayton match at noon.