Cruz’s header propels Men’s Soccer into semifinals of Atlantic East Conference Tournament

Cruz’s header propels Men’s Soccer into semifinals of Atlantic East Conference Tournament

DOVER, Del. – A Luis Cruz rebound header lifted the third-seeded Wesley College men's soccer team to a 2-1 double overtime victory on Tuesday over the sixth-seeded.Marywood Pacers.

After a scoreless first half, Deekai Gbonimy got on the board in the 48th minute for the first score of the game. Bruce Yeager would throw the ball in play to Kevin Flores-Gomez. Flores-Gomez played the ball right back to Yeager who teed up a long ball that led Gbonimy into the Wesley attacking zone. As the keeper came out to contest the attack, Gbonimy snuck a touch on the ball that led him past the Marywood defense and scoring in the open net.

With just a few minutes left in regulation, P.J. Fiore settled the ball out of the air after a failed Wesley clearance. Fiore would then find Zac Lloyd, who took the ball off his chest and ripped a shot past the Wesley goalkeeper to tie the contest and send the game into overtime.

Wesley registered four of the five shots taken in the first overtime period but the Marywood defense stayed strong to force a second overtime.

In the second overtime period, Wesley turned up the pressure registering three shots in two minutes. With just over a minute left to go, Chimaobi Ikwuagwu put a header on frame that was saved by the Marywood keeper. Cruz caught the rebound with a header of his own that landed in the back of the net, sending Wesley into the semifinals of the Atlantic East Conference Championship Tournament.

Defensively, Wesley limited the Marywood attack to just two shots on goal the entire contest. Goalkeeper Kyle Springsteen earned his 10th win in net for the Wolverines.

Wesley (14-3-1) will travel to Radnor, Pa. to square off with the second-seeded Cabrini Cavaliers in the semifinals of the Atlantic East Conference Tournament on Thursday. The game time is still to be determined.