The Oglethorpe men's soccer team got a golden goal from freshman forward James Williams five minutes into the second period of extra time Friday afternoon, lifting them to a 2-1 victory over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Emory's Sonny Carter Invitational. It marked an excellent start to the season for the Stormy Petrels, who will complete their Carter Invitational docket on Sunday against Pomona-Pitzer at 4:30 p.m.
The two teams entered extra time with the score tied 1-1. The Petrels tallied the only two shots of the opening 10 minutes of extra time, but couldn't get either on target, setting up 10 more minutes to see if one of the two teams could grab a game-winner. The Stags won a corner kick early in the second extra period and fired a shot just high of the Oglethorpe goal, but the Petrels went back onto the attack from there.
Williams forced a save from CMS goalkeeper Jacob Mays in the 105th minute, leading to an Oglethorpe corner kick. Sophomore midfielder Affonso Temporal took it and sent a floating ball to the back post. Williams was there to head the winner past Mays with just over five minutes remaining.
The Petrels struck first in the contest as senior forward Ryan Marcano took a long ball over the top from senior midfielder Gabe Alvarez, dribbled past Mays, and finished into the empty net from a sharp angle in the 23rd minute.
The Stags responded just after halftime, as a long ball over the top resulted in a straight-on shot in the box in the 48th minute and CMS tied the game 1-1.
Neither team was able to dent the scoreboard for the remainder of regulation, though the Petrels forced three saves from Mays during the second half.
Overall, Oglethorpe outshot the Stags 19-18 and put eight shots on goal to their opponents' five. The Petrels tallied six corner kicks to the Stags' two.
Oglethorpe senior goalkeeper Scott Zoino made four saves on the afternoon to keep his team in position to find the late winner.