Eagles celebrate Senior Day victory behind Wilson’s Golden Goal
The Midway University men’s soccer team celebrated Senior Day on Tuesday, October 31, in dramatic fashion when they picked up an overtime victory over Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) in a pivotal River States Conference showdown.
After both teams scored one time in the opening 10 minutes of the game and didn’t score again, the game headed to sudden death overtime. With 3:21 remaining in the first overtime, Brad Wilson (Doncaster, England) netted a golden goal to lift the Eagles to a 2-1 win.
Wilson was one of Midway’s seven seniors to be honored prior to the game. Joining Wilson was Christian Neira, Harry Kirwan, Pol Marco, Nelson de Castro, Max Bristow and Kyle Robertson.
It didn’t take long for Midway to crack the scoreboard as they scored before one minute had rolled off the clock. With just 51 seconds gone from the clock, Callum Kemp played a ball to Alex Enzweiler who headed it in giving Midway the 1-0 lead.
The 1-0 lead for Midway was short lived after Cincinnati Christian (10-6-1, 3-5-1 RSC) dialed up an answer in the ninth minute. Montel McKenzie hit a shot that looked like it was going to go out of play, but his shot dropped into the back of the net to tie the game at 1-1.
After the two goals in the opening 10 minutes, each team’s defense took over. Midway did have a couple of golden opportunities to score when Brad Wilson and Carlos Pinto each had a breakaway, but neither converted as the game remained tied at 1-1.
Cincinnati Christian also had a couple of good opportunities to score late in the first half, but couldn’t covert thanks to the play of Christian Neira in goal. Neira made a couple of big saves late to preserve the 1-1 tie at intermission.
The second half played out like the first half, expect neither team scored in the opening 10 minutes. Both teams would have chances to score, but neither could convert as the game headed to its first sudden death overtime period.
Midway picked up the intensity from the start of the overtime period and they were rewarded for their efforts with a golden goal. Pol Marco played the ball forward to Callum Kemp, who tapped it back to Brad Wilson who slid a shot past the diving goalkeeper and into the back of the net for the golden goal that lifted Midway to a 2-1 victory.
Coming up big in the win was Midway’s backline defense as well the efforts of Christian Neira in goal. Neira – who made a couple of diving saves throughout the game – played over 96 minutes in goal and allowed one goal, but made 10 saves in the win. Neira is now 9-5-1 on the season.
With the win, Midway finishes the regular season with a 9-5-1 mark overall and a 6-2-1 record in the RSC. They are the No. 2 seed in the RSC Men’s Soccer Tournament as they host Indiana University East on Wednesday, November 8, at 3 p.m. ET.