Men’s Soccer Wins Overtime Thriller Against Olivet

Men’s Soccer Wins Overtime Thriller Against Olivet

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Manchester University battled until the final whistle on Sunday afternoon, rallying on multiple occasions against visiting Olivet College. The Spartans scored the golden goal three minutes in to overtime to seal a 4-3, come-from-behind victory against the Comets.

In the opening minutes on Sunday, both Manchester and Olivet had early scoring opportunities turned away by goalies Aidan Brunkow (Indianapolis, Ind./Heritage Christian) and Andrew Aragon.

Olivet broke into the scoring column first after Moubarak Adam's cross found Josh Rosendale who finished in the back of the net for the fourth time this season in the 10th minute. 

17 minutes later, the Spartans equalized as Zryan Abdullah's (Erbil, Iraq/International School of Choueifat) ball forward was flicked in the air and over the Olivet goalkeeper by Max Baker (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll).

The Comets regained the lead just before the intermission as Kjiel Dickinson scored for the first time this season.  Dickinson's free kick from 30 yards out sailed just over Brunkow's reach and into the back of the net.

The Spartans equalized yet again in the second half as Max Baker's through ball found Josh Gonzalez (Portage, Ind./Portage) in the 67th minute.  Gonzalez's right-footed strike found the back of the net and pushed the score to 2-2.

The game would not remain tied for long however, as Josh Rosendale score for the second time in Sunday's match just three minutes later.

The Spartans continued to battle, and Max Baker delivered his second goal of the match in the 76th minute.  Nick Surber (Hebron, Ind./Hebron) picked up the assist on Baker's second goal.

With the score tied 3-3 at the end of regulation, Sunday's contest moved into overtime.

After a scramble in the box, Josh Gonzalez was able to put a strike into the back of the net to lift Manchester University to a 4-3 win.

On the afternoon, Manchester outshot the Comets 22-16.  Olivet held advantages in corner kicks (14-5) and saves (10-5).

Aidan Brunkow made five saves in goal for MU and earned his first collegiate win in between the posts.

Manchester improved to 2-2-1 this season while Olivet dropped to 1-2.  The Spartans will return to the pitch at home on Saturday September 14 at Noon against DePauw University.