By Kaitlyn Beauregard
As the brisk Fall winds swept over Union’s campus this Homecoming weekend, the Union College Dutchmen hosted the top team in the Liberty League. The Union Men’s Soccer team fell to the St. Lawrence Saints in heartbreaking fashion Saturday afternoon.
For the second time this season, the Dutchmen fell to the rival Saints in overtime, dropping them to 8-5-1 on the season. Union is currently tied for second in the Liberty League standings—behind none other than St. Lawrence—and have three league games left to play.
“We need to win at least one of those three games in order to get into the playoffs,” Union Head Coach Jeff Guinn said. “And that is our main concern.”
For the duration on the first half, the Saints kept the pressure on the Union defense, but the Dutchmen appeared up to the challenge, warding off all St. Lawrence attempts to score. By the end of the game, Union goalkeeper Adam Margulies ‘12 would make eight saves for the Dutchmen. Margulies and the rest of the Dutchman defense battled the cold wind to keep St. Lawrence off the scoreboard for the entire first half, ending the half in a 0-0 tie.
The Saints finally managed to score 26:47 into the second half when forward James Stewart headed the ball into the net on an indirect kick from Sam Demello, giving the Saints a 1-0 lead. Despite valiant efforts on both sides, this score remained in favor of the Saints until Union forward Craig Santangelo ‘12 scored on a throw in from sophomore Alex Pack, tying the game at one with just over four minutes remaining in regulation.
As the second half ended in a flurry of excitement, the Dutchmen and Saints headed into overtime for the second time this season.
Unfortunately for the Dutchmen, the second time did not lead to the happy ending that they were denied in the last meeting. A mere 2:23 into the extra period, St. Lawrence’s Brendan Gorman scored the game-winning goal, blowing away any Union excitement left over from the previous goal.
“It’s always awful to lose in overtime,” Guinn said, “but I’d rather lose like that than on an error by one of our players.”
The Dutchmen matched the top team in the league for the vast majority of the game, and will hope that next time the winds will blow in their favor, allowing them to beat their rivals and play on into the playoffs.
The Dutchmen will host rival RPI next Saturday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m.