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Hernandez strike seals double-OT win against Campbellsville

By Kyle Jackson

Campbellsville, KY - The Lindsey Wilson men's soccer team (2-1-1, 2-0-1 MSC) defeated Mid-South Conference rival Campbellsville (7-2, 2-1 MSC) 2-1 in double overtime in the Battle of Highway 55 on Friday evening.

The opening half was an even affair with both sides producing few scoring chances. The Blue Raiders were outshooting the Tigers 7-2 with only one shot on goal. The game got dramatic in the 30th minute when Lindsey Wilson midfielder Rainer De Jesus was issued a red card for exchanging words with the referee after the Brazilian felt he was harshly fouled. The Blue Raiders went into the halftime break at 0-0 and faced an uphill battle in the second half only being allowed to play ten players.

Lindsey Wilson finally broke the deadlock in the 65th minute when Cyrus Harmon made a run down the left-hand side of the field, beat two defenders, and found Alexander Koziolek free in the center of the box for the side foot finish into the top of the goal. The lead did not last for long though as Campbellsville was awarded a free kick on the left-hand side of the box after a foul from Anouar Adam. Tom Edge shot a low driving free kick from the left-hand side that skipped past everyone and into the far corner of the net for the equalizer in the 73rd minute.

Campbellsville's offense exploded after the goal as they pushed for the winner late in the second half. A long-range effort and a counterattack from the Tigers over the course of three minutes was stopped by an amazing diving save from David Coffey and a great late defensive sliding tackle from Neville Morgan. The Blue Raider defense prevailed through the pressure to see out the final moments and move the game to overtime, the second straight overtime game for Lindsey Wilson this season.

Both teams traded scoring efforts in the first overtime period, but the goals were not to be found. As the second overtime period began, Campbellsville found themselves to be the recipients of the red card this time around when Simon Zahalka caught David Ibrahimkadic from behind. After convening with his assist referees, center referee Caleb Riley issued the red card and evened the playing field to ten men for both sides.

A few moments later, Koziolek resumed play after receiving a throw in on the right side of the box and found Ezequiel Hernandez waiting at the top of the box, ready to strike. Hernandez put a move on his defender to shake free of the pressure, opened his body up and curled a beautiful left-footed shot into the back of the net for his career first Lindsey Wilson goal and gave the Blue Raiders the 2-1 win in double overtime.

Lindsey Wilson outshot Campbellsville 19-15 in the match, registered five shots on goal, had ten corners and five fouls.

The Blue Raiders return to action on Sunday, Feb. 28th when they travel to Shawnee State (Ohio) to take on the Bears at 2 p.m. CT.

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