New York Dwayne Mars' (St. Michael, Barbados) goal in the 101st minute gave the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team a 2-1 win over Columbia on Friday afternoon. Quinnipiac's Graciano Brito (Sao Nicolau, Cape Verde) scored his team-leading fifth goal in the win, improving Quinnipiac's record to 4-1-2 this season. The Lions dropped to 2-3-1 with the loss.
Columbia's Bayo Adafin scored his fourth goal of the season in the ninth minute to take an early 1-0 lead. Adafin split two Bobcat defenders at the top of the box before firing a shot inside the far post for the game's first goal.
Despite trailing one goal, Quinnipiac controlled play during the first half, taking 10 shots in the period. Columbia's Alex Aurrichio recorded five saves in the opening stanza as the Bobcats' offense kept the ball in the Lions' defensive zone.
Brito tied the score,1-1, in the 64th minute on a crossing pass from Durval Pereira (Cheshire, Conn.). The senior captain beat Aurrichio with a ball to the left side of the net. The goal was his first since scoring two against NJIT in the Bobcat's second game of the season. Pereira's assist was the first of his collegiate career.
The game remained tied through the end of regulation and the first overtime before Mars scored his first of the season. The sophomore forward slammed a rebound past the Columbia goalkeeper after the ball ricocheted off the post from a Brito shot.
The goal was just the second of Mars' career. Hall made five saves in the game, including one in the first overtime period that kept the Bobcats alive.
"We controlled the tempo throughout the game," Head Coach Eric Da Costa said. "The team showed courageous effort in coming back today. They worked hard and stuck to the game plan against a team that was very defensive minded."
Quinnipiac returns to action on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m. when they host the College of the Holy Cross at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field.