Rodriguez nets game winner in overtime thriller at Oswego

Rodriguez nets game winner in overtime thriller at Oswego

OSWEGO, N.Y. – Junior midfielder Julian Rodriguez (Bronx, N.Y.) carried the ball into the box in the 98th minute and chipped the ball into the upper left corner of the goal to give visiting Morrisville State College men's soccer a thrilling 2-1 overtime win over host Oswego State in Oswego.

The win is the 13th for the Mustangs on the season, as they improve to 13-3 heading into the season finale Saturday against NEAC rival Wells College.

Both teams played to a scoreless battle in the first half as keepers Mick Keilan (Berlin, N.Y.) and Jon Runge each turned away five to keep numbers off the scoreboard.

Oswego broke through in the 53rd minute, though, as Paul Kwoyelo headed a cross into the box past Keilan for the 1-0 host lead.

The Lakers carried that lead into the final stretch, but Morrisville State's Joe Sheehan (Liverpool, N.Y.) evened the contest for the Mustangs in the 82nd minute, dribbling past the defense into the box and sliding the ball past Runge for the game tying score.

Oswego had the opportunity to take the lead late in the contest, but senior goalkeeper Eric Berglund (Elmira, N.Y.) posted back-to-back saves to keep the Lakers off the board and force the overtime period. Berglund replaced Keilan between the pipes with 23:28 remaining on the clock.

Keilan finished with six stops in the contest.

Both teams registered just one look at the net in the overtime period, but it was the Mustangs look that counted as Rodriguez put the contest away with his third game winning goal of the season at the 97:40 mark.

Morrisville State will host the Wells College Express on Saturday at 3 p.m. on Drake Field for the final regular season contest, honoring the senior class prior to the start of the contest. The day will also be "Youth Soccer Day".

Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.

The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit