Hogan's Overtime Goal Gains #5 Seed for H-SC

Published 12:48 pm Thursday, October 31, 2013

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY — Liam Hogan's (Haymarket/Battlefield) overtime goal at 93:22 gave the Tigers a 1-0 win over Guilford College in the regular season finale.

With the win, the Tigers clinched the #5 seed for the upcoming ODAC Tournament and also secured an undefeated regular season home record at 6-0-2, the first team in program history to go undefeated at home. The Tigers are also 4-0-3 in overtime games and have won three consecutive extra time games.

Additionally, Head Coach Josh Laux won his 50th ODAC game, the first soccer coach in school history to achieve the feat. He now has 94 overall wins at H-SC, making him tied with Bert Molinary as the winningest soccer coach in Hampden-Sydney history.

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Neither team could get much going on offense. The Quakers got a few quality chances in the first half, but Cameron McFarlane (Norwich, CT/South Kent) had another strong game in net with five first-half saves. The Tigers picked up their game after intermission and built up numerous offensive possessions as the Tigers reversed the tide of the opening stanza and outshot the Quakers 10-6 in the second frame.

At 93:17, Hampden-Sydney was awarded with a corner kick. The ball got on the ground a few yards in front of the goal line and got deflected in the air off the feet of Leo Kowalski (Curitiba, Brazil/Deep Run) where it found the head of Hogan who tapped it into the back of the net for the game-winner. The goal gave Hogan his second game-winner of the year and was also the second straight game he contributed on the game-winning OT tally as he had an assist on Saturday against Roanoke to win the game.

McFarlane recorded six saves on the afternoon while Michael MacVane led Guilford with four. An evenly contested game, each team recorded 17 shots while the Tigers had an 8-5 edge in corner kicks.

Hampden-Sydney will travel on Saturday for the ODAC Tournament Quarterfinals. Opponent and time is to be determined.