The Southwestern College men’s soccer team dropped a thrilling battle Wednesday night with Saint Mary, falling in overtime 1-0.
It was a very physical and defensive first half for both teams, with each taking a scoreless tie into intermission with no more than two shots apiece.
The second half seemingly belonged to the Builders (7-3, 3-1 KCAC), who picked up the pace on offense and was much more aggressive, but was unable to get the ball into the net.
Southwestern outshot the Spires (6-5, 3-2) 9-4 and had more than double the number of shots on goal.
Southwestern’s biggest opportunity came a little more than halfway through the second half.
Senior Jacob Rangel had a one-on-one with Saint Mary keeper Enrique Gonzales. Rangel chipped it over Gonzales, but did not have quite enough power behind it and a Saint Mary defender kicked it out of play just before it crossed the line. The Builders outshot the Spires 6-1 in the second half, but each team remained scoreless after 90 minutes of play.
The game turned when Southwestern committed a foul inside the box, setting up a penalty kick with just three seconds remaining in overtime.
Sabino Lozano booted home the PK past senior keeper Matt Temple and the Spires escaped with the win.
Temple finished with a save in goal in nearly 100 minutes of action.
The Builders remain home at 7 p.m. Saturday against Ottawa at HooDoo Park.