Meza's golden goal helps MSOC upset Kenyon

Meza's golden goal helps MSOC upset Kenyon

GAMBIER, Ohio -- "A lot of teams would have quit after giving up two quick goals, but not my guys. My guys kept fighting, and that's all I ask."

Head coach Pat Svihlik knew his team had to keep its composure after falling behind in the second half on Thursday afternoon. The patience and grit of the Heidelberg University men's soccer team paid off as the team upset Kenyon College, 3-2, in double overtime.

With the win, the Berg remains a perfect 5-0-0 on the year. The Lords, who recently dropped out of the Top 25 nationally, slip to 4-2-2.

The Student Princes struck early, with captain Kiki Alvarado launching a shot from the box. Freshman Cory Gilbert deflected the shot past the Kenyon keeper for a quick 1-0 lead. The shot was Gilbert's third goal of the season as Alvarado tallied his fourth assist. Heidelberg took the slim 1-0 lead into halftime.

It didn't take long for the Lords to find their momentum in the 52nd minute. Kenyon scored twice -- just three minutes apart -- turning a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 advantage. Henry Myers scored both goals for the home team to bring his season total to five.

Rodrigo Meza has been peppering keepers all season, but had nothing to show thus far. The sophomore tallied his first goal of the season at the perfect time, on a penalty kick in the 67th minute.

After scoring the equalizer, Meza had the opportunity to give HU the lead with under five minutes to play in regulation. Meza beat the Kenyon keeper, but the ball ricocheted off the post to keep the score tied. Moments before, Alexis Mendoza's shot to try and tally the go-ahead hit the crossbar.

With neither team able to capitalize in the first overtime period, Meza made sure to send the Student Princes home with a win. Meza got a great jump on a ball played ahead, and beat the keeper one-on-one for a shot in the lower right corner. The golden goal was the sixth goal of Meza's career at the Berg.

Junior goalkeeper Jake Kress made eight brilliant saves in the win. He made six saves, despite his shutout streak being broken. From the start of the 2017 season, Kress logged 411:43 of shutout soccer. The only other four game shutout streak in HU men's soccer history came in 1998.

HU has not beat Kenyon since the 2013 season, a 3-2 victory in Gambier.

Both teams had plenty of opportunities throughout the match. Kenyon recorded 21 shots while the Berg took 15.

QUOTES FROM THE COACH

Head coach Svihlik on the match: "I'm very happy for my guys … They went into a tough environment and played a tough team … This is a good win and we'll enjoy it tonight, but we'll get right back to business tomorrow to prepare for the weekend."

Heidelberg returns home for a matchup against Thiel College on Saturday afternoon. The match will take place following the women's match with Thiel. Men's kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m.