October 20, 2012
Milwaukee falls in OT 2-1
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Sophomore Laurie Bell sent the match to overtime with just 13 seconds remaining in regulation but it was not enough Saturday night, as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's soccer team dropped a hard-fought 2-1 decision to Cleveland State University.
Scoreless for the first 88-plus minutes, the defensive battle ended with a pair of goals in the final 96 seconds of regulation and the golden goal following just two minutes and 20 seconds into overtime as the Vikings (7-5-2, 2-1-1 Horizon League) scored on a free kick to hand the Panthers (7-5-2, 1-1-2 Horizon League) their first conference loss of the campaign.
CSU's Christian Arboleda broke up the scoreless affair in the 89th minute, handing the Vikings a 1-0 lead and what looked to be the game.
But, Milwaukee did not give up, as Bell scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season after a long ball got past the CSU keeper to knot the game at 1-1 in the 90th minute.
Admir Suljevic then netted the game-winner on the first shot attempt by either team in the extra session, sending a free kick into the back of the net in the 93rd minute to help the hosts escape with the victory.
UWM Freshman Connor Revsbeck suffered the loss, his first in five decisions. The late CSU goal denied him his third consecutive clean sheet at the very end of the match and also snapped his personal scoreless streak at 302:53. He ended the night with four saves.
The Panther offense was outshot, 15-to-7, with UWM putting just a pair of shots on goal the entire match. Cleveland State had 10 of the 18 fouls and nine of the 13 corner kicks as well, snapping UWM's unbeaten streak overall - which was five games (3-0-2) coming in - and also in league play, which had been at three (1-0-2).
Up next, the Panthers welcome first-place Detroit for a key league matchup Wednesday at 7 p.m.