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Winthrop soccer team defeats College of Charleston in overtime

College of Charleston's Wes Knight and Winthrop's Cameron Alksnis battle for the ball Tuesday.
College of Charleston's Wes Knight and Winthrop's Cameron Alksnis battle for the ball Tuesday.

Miquel Casajuana scored the golden goal in the first overtime to give Winthrop's men's soccer team a 2-1 non-conference win over the College of Charleston.

Winthrop extended its winning streak to seven straight and improved to 11-3.

Rafael Araujo served a ball into the box for Daniel Revivo. The senior forward quickly settled the ball about 8 yards out then gave it off to Casajuana, who fired in a strong right-footer from 12 yards for the game-winner.

"It was a great setup," Winthrop coach Rich Posipanko said. "(Casajuana) always hits left-footed. I was pleased to see him use his right foot."

Revivo, who came into the game second in the nation in scoring, handled Araujo's serve perfectly. With a defender on his back and Cougars goalkeeper Clark Hankins charging out of the net, Revivo calmly set up Casajuana for his fourth goal of the year.

"One thing about Revivo, he's a scorer, but he isn't a ball hog. If he has the opportunity to lay it off for a goal, he will do it," Posipanko said.

Revivo leads the team in goals with 11 and assists with six.

The Cougars (8-7) came out aggressively to start the 10-minute, sudden-death overtime, knocking two Eagles players to the ground in the first minute. Winthrop's Matt Lacey and College of Charleston's Sean Bateau got tangled up a couple of minutes later. Some pushing and shoving ensued.

College of Charleston scored the first goal of the match. Midfielder Justin Fojo scored his first goal of the season from 18 yards in the 24th minute.

The opportunity arose when Winthrop failed to clear a ball. The momentum swung to the Cougars for the remainder of the first half. Winthrop made several bad passes.

"We talked about it at the half. I asked (Stephen) Nserko, (Michael) Luk and Magnus (Leung) if they had on (Cougars) maroon jerseys," Posipanko said wryly. "The game was wide open, more than it should have been."

Winthrop emerged from the locker room more determined and outshot the Cougars 9-3 after the intermission.

The equalizer came in the 67th minute.

Matt Lacey came up from his defender position to win a ball near the midfield stripe. After a few touches, he led Matthew Skonicki with a through ball. Skonicki's goal, his eighth of the year, beat Hankins into the right corner.

Two minutes later, Skonicki turned an ankle and missed the rest of the game. Posipanko said it might be a high-ankle sprain, which could end the junior forward's season.

Skonicki, the second-leading scorer for the Eagles, will be evaluated today.

"It would be an unfortunate loss, but we have other guys who can fill in," Posipanko said.

Patrick Mitrovich earned the win in goal for Winthrop. The senior goalkeeper was named Big South Player of the Week earlier in the day.

He made three saves in the match, including one in the 95th minute. College of Charleston's Zach Prince passed to Kareem Yearwood for the shot. Yearwood leads the Cougars with five goals. He was limited to three shots while being closely marked by Winthrop's Otto Loewy and Henry Kalungi.

"This was a good game. Winthrop has a nice team. They were pressing us," College of Charleston coach Ralph Lundy said.

Winthrop has four games left in the regular season, all against Big South foes. Next up is Friday at UNC Asheville.

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