JACKSON, Tenn. – In the two minutes left in the double overtime period between UWA men’s soccer team and Union, Aymane El Ammari hit the golden goal needed to lift the Tigers to a 3-2 victory over the Bulldogs Sunday evening at Smith Memorial Soccer Complex.
The Tigers bring a 5-5 overall record back to Livingston and are now 3-2 in GSC play after defeating Christian Brothers and Union in the two-match weekend series. The Bulldogs dropped to 6-4-2 and are 3-4-1 in the conference.
“What a weekend for us,” UWA head coach Ross Nelson said. “To get six points on the road against two quality teams is a huge statement. After a few tough results over the past couple of weeks, we got a massive reaction from the lads, and they deserve all the credit.”
UWA midfielder Reda Ikarrain scored the first goal of the match in the 13th minute, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead over the Bulldogs.
Union responded and scored two goals before the end of the first half, giving the Bulldogs a 2-1 advantage over the Tigers.
The Bulldogs fired off five shots in the first half while UWA took three shots.
Going into the second half, both teams took five shots. Ikarrain scored his second goal of the evening, third goal of the season, at the 56:01 mark off an assist from El Ammari, bringing the game to a tie.
Both teams had multiple scoring opportunities but neither team could find the back of the net, ending the 90 minutes of action in a 2-2 tie.
Harry Colville and Peter Oyetunji fired off two shots in the first overtime period. Oyetunji’s shot was saved by Union’s goalie Botond Nemeth. UWA’s defense stopped Union’s offense from taking any shots which lead to a second overtime period.
With two minutes left in double overtime, El Ammari scored the golden goal and found the bottom left side of the net, making the final score 3-2.
Ikarrain led the UWA with two goals and five shots, three being on frame.
The Tigers’ goalie Harry Deveney allowed two goals and recorded three saves as he faced a total of 10 shots, five being on frame in his 90 minutes of action.
The Bulldogs’ goalkeeper Nemeth allowed three goals and recorded six saves as he faced 14 shots, 10 being on frame in his 90 minutes of action.
Four yellow cards and 18 fouls were called in the physical contest. Union was called for 11 fouls, while West Alabama was called for seven.
“It is important to build on this now and take it into next weekend. We will be ready,” Nelson said.
The Tigers return home to host two Gulf South Conference matches. UWA will battle Auburn Montgomery October 15 at 7:30 p.m. The Tigers will then have a quick turnaround and take on Montevallo October 17 at 3:30 p.m.
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