Old Westbury – The Mount Saint Mary College Men’s Soccer team saw a three game winning streak ended and suffered its first conference loss of the season on Saturday with a heartbreaking 2-1 double overtime defeat on the road at Old Westbury. Junior Joey Dolan kept up his hot scoring stretch with his team leading 12th tally.
Old Westbury broke the ice late in the first half and put the Mount behind for the first time since a 5-0 loss at Rutgers-Newark on September 18. Alexander Routledge opened the scoring for the Panthers and posted the only marker of the first half off a free-kick at the 36:02 mark of the contest.
Mount Saint Mary managed just one shot in the opening period, with Old Westbury holding the advantage in shots in the half, 4-1, while the Knights took three of the five corner kicks awarded during the first 45 minutes.
Old Westbury maintained the one goal lead until Dolan struck for the Knights with just over 14 minutes left in regulation time. He found the back of the net for a career-high 12th time this season and has now scored each of the Mount’s last eight goals on the season. He moved to within one goal of matching the program record with his 27th career tally.
The game remained tied through regulation and the first 10 minute overtime period until Old Westbury’s Jorey Garcia found the deciding tally in the 103rd minute. He headed in a pass from Jesse Eyoma on the team’s third attempt of the second overtime with the winner at 102:16.
Jakup Myrtja made the start in goal and stopped a pair of first half stops, with Tyler Rapp coming on to make five stops in nearly 31 minutes of action. Freshman Sean Madden suffered the tough luck loss after coming on late in regulation time, allowing one goal and making one save.
Old Westbury finished with a 16-6 advantage in shots on the day and a 10-1 edge in shots on goal. The Mount did not take a corner kick after halftime, with Old Westbury finishing with a 5-3 advantage in the category.
Saturday’s loss drops Mount Saint Mary back to the .500 mark overall at 6-6 and to 4-1 in Skyline Conference play. Next up for the Knights is a midweek date with Maritime at Kaplan Field on Wednesday night. Kick-off with the Privateers is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.