JOLIET, Ill. --- The Prairie State College men’s soccer team appeared to be headed for a second straight overtime match Friday afternoon in its NJCAA Region IV clash with local foe Joliet.
Thankfully for the Pioneers, sophomore midfielder Josh Horne didn’t allow that to happen.
The 6-foot-1, 191-pound Horne buried a clutch penalty-kick tally in the 89th minute, hoisting the Pioneers to a 2-1 triumph over the Wolves in Joliet.
Horne’s dramatic marker was made possible when freshman forward Alejandro Mendez (Bremen H.S.) was brought down in the box.
Prairie State dropped its season-opener August 26, following a 3-2 overtime loss to Ancilla.
Friday's tilt endured a 65-minute delay due to lightning and overall poor weather conditions.
The Pioneers (1-1) opened the scoring in the 32nd minute when all-region sophomore forward Mamadou Ba (United Township H.S.), courtesy of an assist by freshman forward Alejandro Mendez (Bremen H.S.).
Joliet tied the match in the 32nd minute.
PSC freshman goalkeeper Jose Maya (Kelly H.S.) went the distance between the posts and recorded three saves.
The Pioneers will take the pitch next on Thursday when they host Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference counterpart McHenry at Bloom High School in Chicago Heights.
Bryan Leon registered a game-tying
goal against Ancilla Tuesday afternoon.
PLYMOUTH, Ind. --- Heading into an overtime period with a two-man advantage will always give the team in that position an extra boost of confidence.
The Prairie State College men’s soccer team certainly felt this way Tuesday afternoon, as it entered the extra-session of its season-opening, non-conference match at Ancilla.
Unfortunately for PSC, that advantage didn’t turn out in the Pioneers' favor.
Ancilla tallied on a penalty kick just 45 seconds into the overtime, handing Prairie State a heart-wrenching 3-2 loss.
What made the setback especially tough was the fact that PSC freshman goal keeper Jose Maya (Kelly H.S.) had made the initial stop on the penalty kick attempt. Unfortunately, Maya was whistled for crossing the line before the ball was struck. The Chargers then capitalized on their second attempt, putting an abrupt end to the contest.
The Pioneers (0-1) opened the scoring in the 35th minute when freshman midfielder Luka Milcic (Civil Engineering School, Serbia) blasted an unassisted attempt into the far side of the goal.
Ancilla stormed back to take a 2-1 lead, registering markers in the 40th and 45th minutes respectively.
The Pioneers tied the match in the 62nd when freshman midfielder Colin McLaughlin (Andrew H.S.) crossed a ball to freshman Bryan Leon (Kelly H.S.). The 5-foot-9, 145-pound Leon then buried a shot into the corner of the net.
PSC recorded 10 shots on goal in the tilt.
Maya turned away a quartet of Ancilla shots.
The Pioneers will take to the pitch next on Friday when they travel to Joliet for a road date with the Wolverines (4 p.m.).
2014 Men's Soccer Letters of Intent Signees
The following student-athletes have signed NJCAA letters of intent to continue their academic and soccer careers at Prairie State College beginning in the Fall 2014 semester:
- Carlos Gallardo (Sterling H.S.)
- Jesus Villicana (Bremen H.S.)
- Roger Rizzi (E.E.B. Professora Luiza Santin H.S., Brazil)
- Luka Milcic (Civil Engineering H.S., Serbia)
- Allen Sanchez (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.)
- Harold Pulido (Carver Military Academy)
- Omar Reyan-Farje (Shepard H.S.)