PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's soccer team pushed fourth-ranked West Chester to the limit but came up just short in a 3-2 overtime loss to open the 2019 campaign on Thursday.
The Rams got the sizeable home crowd into it early, hitting the back of the net just 29 seconds into the contest. Senior Rashaan Robe sent a ball in that was tipped by the goalkeeper right to senior Hunter Dyson, who finished for a quick 1-0 lead.
Jefferson continued to pressure the Golden Rams and increased its advantage to 2-0 in the seventh minute. Junior Theophilus Ijeboi headed a loose ball forward onto the foot of Robe, who blasted a shot off the left post and into the goal.
West Chester got one back in the 22nd minute with a long service down the field to Doug Goitia, who beat a defender to the ball and chipped it over the goalkeeper. The score remained 2-1 into halftime.
The Golden Rams made some adjustments during the break and took just 3:21 to find the equalizer early in the second half. A feed into the middle of the box found Stephen Thompson, who shot into the left side of the net.
Neither squad was able to break the deadlock in regulation, forcing overtime. Just 33 seconds into the extra session, a service on the right side found Eric Greer, who sent an arcing kick over the leaping goalkeeper into the left side of the goal, giving West Chester the victory.
- Junior Kris Donaldson notched four saves for the Rams.
- West Chester took all five corner kicks in the contest.
- It was Jefferson's first overtime game since a 3-2 win versus Molloy on October 27, 2018.
The Rams remain at home and take on Le Moyne on Sunday, September 8 at 12 p.m.