Men’s Soccer Caps California Trip With 2-1 Overtime Victory Over Cal Lutheran

Posted on September 12th, 2011 by

Frosh David Lilly had a breakout match, scoring two goals including the game-winner in overtime.

If the players on the Gustavus men’s soccer team had to pick out a pair of songs to add to their iPods for the flight back to Minnesota, “California Love” by Tupac Shakur and “California Dreamin” by The Mamas & the Papas would probably best fit the circumstance.  The Gusties closed their California trip with an impressive 2-1 overtime victory over California Lutheran University (0-3) on Sunday in Santa Cruz.  Freshman David Lilly had a breakout match, scoring the opening goal of the contest, then later burying the game-winner five minutes into overtime. Gustavus improves to 5-0 on the season, the program’s best start since the 2003.

“We were absolutely exhausted from the match the day before, and to be able to come away with a win like this is unbelievable,” said Head Coach Mike Middleton.

David Lilly opened the scoring with an unassisted goal off a corner kick just 4:28 into the match.  The goal was Lilly’s first of his collegiate career.

Gustavus would hold on to the 1-0 lead for over 60 minutes before Cal Lutheran’s Danny Kuntz found a way to beat goalkeeper Brett Ylonen – a feat in which three teams had failed previously – on a screened shot that found its way into the back of the net at 66:23.

Neither team could find the game-winner in regulation and the match headed to overtime.  5:04 into the extra session, Lilly gave the Gusties their first overtime win of the season with an unassisted goal, extending the Gustavus winning-steak to five matches.

“They worked their socks off and refused to lie down.  That is a huge credit to the character of this team,” commented Middleton on his team’s effort in the overtime session.

The Gusties outshot Cal Lutheran 23-to-12 in the match, challenging goalkeeper Rey Rivera-Ramos with seven shots on goal.  Brett Ylonen made three saves on the way to his fourth win of the season.  Ylonen is now 4-0 and has given up just one goal.

The team will board a plane and return to Minnesota in the early Monday morning hours. Gustvus will return to the pitch on Wednesday, Sept. 14 when the Gusties open their MIAC season with a match against St. Olaf at 4:00 p.m. in St. Peter, Minn.

“Even though we are getting on the red-eye, all of the lads will be in class tomorrow – they’re looking forward to it,” joked Middleton.

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