The Baker Orange

Men’s soccer draws in overtime

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

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The men’s soccer team was 29 seconds from losing back-to-back games until freshman Alec Feist scored the equalizer to force overtime last Friday afternoon at Avila. After 20 minutes of extra time, the game resulted in a draw, 1-1.

The Wildcats trailed the entire second half after Avila’s senior midfielder Felipe Garcia scored the go-ahead goal in the 48th minute. Garcia was assisted on the play by sophomore forward Louis Gallagher.

Baker’s attack outplayed Avila for most of the game, attempting 15 shots in the first 90 minutes compared to Avila’s nine.

The Wildcats were just minutes away from a losing season, but a freshman was the difference maker in his first college game.

Feist was in the right place at the right time when a scuffle ensued in the box. His feet found the ball and he poked it into the back of the goal.

Freshman goalkeeper Patrick Rydberg had his fourth start of the season and made four saves in the 110 minutes.

Fourteen different Wildcats fired off shots 17 shots. Junior Amer Didic and sophomores Matt Hamm and Anchors each had two shots.

Feist’s goal wasn’t the latest goal that Baker scored in a game this season. Sophomore Keaton Anchors found himself in a similar situation in the first game of the year against Missouri Baptist. For Anchors, there were 18 seconds to play when he scored to equalize the score at 1-1. Similar to Friday Baker would go on to tie that game as well.

Baker currently sits at sixth place in the HAAC with its conference record of 1-2-2, 5-7-3 overall. To avoid a losing season, the Wildcats have to win both of their next two games against first-place Missouri Valley College Wednesday night and Central Methodist University Saturday night. Both games will be played at Liston Stadium.