Saint Leo, Fla. (September 21, 2007) – Saint Leo University midfielder Kyle Kuhlman (Fr., St. Petersburg, Fla.) scored his first career goal in the 93rd minute to give the men’s soccer team (3-2-2, 1-1 SSC) a thrilling 7-6 win over visiting Rollins College (5-4, 1-1 SSC) in a Sunshine State Conference match on Friday night at University Field.
Kuhlman took a through ball from Leonardo Nogueira (So., Sao Paulo, Brazil) in the opening stages of extra time, and slotted beyond the reach of Rollins’ goalkeeper Frazer Siddall to give the Lions their first SSC win of the season.
Jonathan Glenn (Fr., Maloney Gardens, Fla.) notched his second straight two-goal game for the Lions, while midfielder Bruce Cutler (Fr., Inverurie, Scotland) joined Kuhlman with his first career goal and added a pair of assists. Rollins’ strikers Dennis Chin and Bradley Welch paced the visitors with two goals apiece.
The 13-goal match saw the Lions race out to a 4-0 lead inside the first 38 minutes. Glenn scored both of his goals during the stretch, with Brandon Whitsett (Jr., Palm Harbor, Fla.) assisting on both strikes. The Lions also got an own goal and Eusebio Montoya’s (Jr., Smithfield, N.C.) team-leading seventh goal of the campaign to open the lead.
Rollins began its fightback in the 42nd minute when Chin scored his first goal, and just 49-seconds later the Tars cut the deficit in half through a strike by Bradley Welch. The Tars carried the momentum into the second half and were within one in the 53rd minute when Chin scored his second goal of the night.
The Lions went ahead by two again when Montoya was brought down in the penalty area and the referee gave a penalty. Cutler stepped to the spot and fired past Siddall to give Saint Leo a 5-3 lead.
Again the Tars came back with two goals in quick succession, as Justin Clark scored in the 70th minute and Welch scored his second of the game in the 73rd minute. The Lions jumped in front again in the 78th minute when Daniel Asher (So., Silver Spring, Md.) collected a long back from Cutler and unleashed a 23-yard drive that hit the underside of the bar and found the back of the net.
The Tars forced extra time with a penalty of their own in the 85th minute, as Jon Gruenewald converted from the spot to bring the sides level at 6-6.
Kuhlman’s strike ended the battle, and gave the Lions their first overtime win of the season. The closely contested match saw the Lions finish with a 16-13 edge in shots, and an 11-9 advantage in shots on goal.
Saint Leo will continue its Sunshine State Conference schedule with a road match at Eckerd College on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.