PHILADELPHIA – Valdo Jean-Baptiste's (Guadeloupe, France/Daylight/Twilight) header 5:17 into overtime put the Philadelphia University men's soccer team into the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Tournament as the Rams defeating visiting Chestnut Hill 2-1 in the CACC finale for both teams Tuesday afternoon on Ravenhill Field.
The Rams improve to 6-9-2 overall and finish conference play with a 5-6-1 mark. Philadelphia will be either the seventh or eighth seed in the tournament and will be on the road for the opening round on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at a school to be determined.
Philadelphia is now 3-2-2 in seven overtime match this season, including three straight wins.
Before the Rams focus on the postseason, Philadelphia will have one final regular season tune-up, which will come against Molloy College on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 2:30 p.m. on Ravenhill Field.
The match-winning sequence with Philadelphia being awarded a free kick on the right wing after a Chestnut Hill (5-10-0, 4-8-0 CACC) foul. On the set piece, Seiji Rose (Toulouse, France/Lycee Climatique et Sportif Pierre de Coubertin) lofted the ball on frame into a crowd of players. Jean-Baptiste outjumped the Griffin defender and struck a header that snuck under the crossbar and just out of reach of a leaping James Jackson. It was Jean-Baptiste's second goal of the season.
Devon Memis (Ambler, Pa./Wissahickon) put the Rams in front 1-0 with his second goal of 2016, coming at the 13:58 mark. Rose drove a free kick from just outside the penalty area to the left side of a wall of Chestnut Hill defenders. The ball made its way to Memis, who simply pushed the ball into net as Jackson wasn't able to get to the post fast enough.
Chestnut Hill came back to even the score on a Vini Brito corner kick at 49:19. Brito found Joseph McGuigan at the penalty spot. Then, McGuigan blast a shot past a screened Eric Gutierrez (Croydon, Pa./Harry S. Truman) for the equalizer.
Guiterrez and Jackson each made three saves for their respective team. Philadelphia owned a 13-12 edge in shots, 3-1 in the overtime season.