MARIETTA -- Two second half goals by Antonio Demonte lifted the Heidelberg University men's soccer team to a 3-2 win over Marietta College on the new navy blue turf along the Ohio River. Demonte's second, the game winner, came with a mere 11 seconds left in the second half.
With the win, Heidelberg improved to 5-5 overall, 2-1 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. The Pioneers dropped to 6-6, 0-3.
Heidelberg conceded two goals in quick succession early in the first half.
Perhaps setting the tone for Demonte's late heroics, the Student Princes did not relax in the waning seconds of the first half. Jarod Chavez drew a foul in the penalty area with eight seconds left before halftime. Kyle Morton confidently buried the PK, which cut the Pioneer lead in half at the break.
Off a throw-in in the 79th minute, Porus Shroff dribbled toward the penalty area and played a pass off for Joseph Tallarico. A fortunate deflection played the ball to the feet of Demonte on the right side. The freshman slid the ball past Marietta goalkeeper Dakota Penquite to tie the match.
On a 1-2 down the right side, Cory Gilbert took a touch in the box and laid a pass across the goal mouth. There, Demonte one-timed it past Penquite for the game winner, his sixth goal of the season. The Student Princes celebrated while the Pioneers stood in disbelief.
Jake Kress made seven saves in the victory. Marietta outshot Heidelberg, 16-11.
Head coach Pat Svihlik on the come-from-behind victory: "Obviously, we didn't have the start that we wanted. However, I'm so happy for my guys. To come on the road and come from behind against a good team in conference is huge. We're happy tonight, but we are on to the next one."
Heidelberg returns to action on Wednesday, at Baldwin Wallace. The contest is slated for a 7 p.m. start in Berea.