Pirates Stage Dramatic Comeback To Beat Princeton On The Road

Date: September 7, 2017

By: Dalton Allison

Princeton, N.J.- The men's soccer team was down but not out when it stormed back from a 3-0 defecit with less than 30 minutes to play en route to a 4-3 overtime victory over Princeton on Thursday afternoon.

It seemed as if a bad omen had been cast upon the Pirates as Princeton’s James Reiner scored in the 44 minute mark of the first half. 

A bigger shadow was cast upon the hopes of a Pirate victory when Jeremy Colvin knocked a ball home in the 46th minute, and then Reiner again in the 50th. With their backs against the wall, the Pirates could have easily given in to the 3-0 deficit they were facing. Instead, they went on a rampage of forward-play and counter attacks. 

The Hall notched their first goal off of a corner in the 58th minute. Marco Neves redirected a ball off of his heel for his first goal of the season. The surge continued on as Andres Arcila beat his man and scored in the 66th minute. The match was not for the faint of heart, as the game winded down to the final five seconds. With the Pirates right at the 18’, the Princeton Tigers took what ended up being a costly foul. 

Off the set piece, Spencer Burkhardt put the ball in to tie the game at 3-3 with two seconds remaining in regulation. The Pirates would have to regroup quickly though, as they had overtime in their sights. Arcila, who left his mark in regulation time, would end the game in the second overtime period. From a free kick, Arcila buried the golden goal, sealing a 4-3 victory for the Seton Hall Pirates in the 103rd minute. For the Pirates, they ended a nine game losing streak against the Princeton Tigers, and it was their first victory against them since September 17, 2007. Seton Hall improves to 2-2-1 on the season, while Princeton falls to 0-2-1. 

Arcila finished the game with two goals and two assists, and was without a doubt a major factor in the victory today. The Pirates finished with a total of nine shots on goal. They look to keep the momentum from the game going in their next match, on the road against Penn on Sunday, September 10th at 7.

Dalton Allison can be reached at dalton.allison@student.shu.edu

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