Last-Second Heroics Lift Men’s Soccer Over Dominican, 3-2

Last-Second Heroics Lift Men’s Soccer Over Dominican, 3-2

ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's soccer team (5-2, 4-0 CACC) trailed with under three minutes to play before scoring two goals in the final 2 minutes and 12 seconds to comeback in the final moments of regulation over Dominican (1-7, 1-4 CACC) in a conference matchup on Saturday afternoon, 3-2.

With 16 seconds left in regulation, senior Pedro Neto scored the game-winning goal to lift the Rams over the Dominican Chargers on the road. The win comes as the fourth-straight for Jefferson and the second-straight comeback victory.

Dominican led for a vast majority of the match though Jefferson maintained a large margin on shots and offensive possession.

The Chargers led 2-0 at halftime after first-half goals by Sergio Monton and Fernando Gutierrez.

The Rams got back within one in the early stages of the second half as senior Seiji Rose scored on a penalty kick after a handball in the box in the 51st minute for his second goal on the season.

Though Jefferson led shots 23-8 on the afternoon, including 11-6 on shots on target, the Rams still trailed in the final moments in the match.

Junior Jason Rocha found the equalizer for the Rams in the 88th minute when Neto assisted him on the play, 2-2.

Just under two minute later, the Rams had a corner opportunity in the 90th minute.

In a last-chance effort, Rose played the corner to Rocha who made a touch for Neto before the senior scored the game-winning goal. Rose and Rocha were awarded assists on the play.

Rocha now leads the team with nine points behind three goals and three assists. Rose ranks second with two goals and four assists and Neto sits third with five points on two goals and one assist.

Senior keeper Ben Sauer made four saves across 90 minutes in goal.

Jefferson Men's Soccer returns home to host Holy Family on Wednesday, Sept. 27 from Ravenhill Field at 4 p.m.