Sept. 2, 2012
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - East Tennesse State's David Geno scored a goal with just over two minutes remaining in the second overtime to stun No. 16 UAB, 1-0, in men's soccer action on Sunday.
The contest was the second double overtime contest for the Blazers in less than 48 hours, as they finished in a 1-1 tie with No. 3 Charlotte on Friday night.
"This was a fun game with two teams that try to attack," UAB head coach Mike Getman said. "We played very well in the second half and had our chances to win. Once it went to overtime anything can happen. I was pleased with our effort. Double overtime two games in a row is very hard for any team."
The game-winning tally came at the 107:56 mark on a counter attack by the Bucs. ETSU's Colin Pugh sent a pass to Franck Doumbe, who then put a great touch pass on the foot of Geno. Geno then one-timed a shot that went into the right far corner of the net for the game's only goal.
The Blazers drop their first game of the 2012 season (2-1-1), but had some opportunities to win the match in regulation.
Perhaps the best chance came in the 89th minute when senior forward Kofi Gyawu, who entered the match having scored a goal in each of UAB's three contests this year, found himself wide open in front of goal. However, an ETSU defender came sliding out of nowhere to send Gyawu's shot over the touch line.
The Bucs (3-1) outshot the Blazers, 16-9, and had a 6-5 shots on goal advantage. UAB owned an 11-7 edge in corner kicks.
The start of the game was delayed 40 minutes due to lightning.
It doesn't get any easier for the Blazers, as they will next travel to take on No. 2 New Mexico on Friday, Sept. 7, at 8 p.m.