NJIT Slips Past Army In Overtime

Josh Koeppe

Josh Koeppe

Oct. 31, 2012

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Franco Gamero headed home the game-winning goal with one second remaining in the first overtime to lift visiting NJIT to a 2-1 victory over Army in a non-conference men's soccer match Wednesday evening at Clinton Field.

With time ticking down in the first OT, Christian Galindo crossed a pass to Gamero, who headed the ball into the back of the net just before the buzzer sounded.

Gamero scored both of NJIT's goals to help the Highlanders (9-8-0) to their first win since defeating Seton Hall on Oct. 9. The senior forward, who leads the team with seven markers on the year, opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when he got in behind the Army defense following a feed from Marko Drljic and beat Army sophomore goalkeeper Winston Boldt from 10 yards out.

Army (4-10-2) leveled the score in the 79th minute when senior midfielder Josh Koeppe scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season off a pass from freshman forward Cody Guerry. Guerry took the ball away from an NJIT defender and sent a pass over to Koeppe, who drilled a shot from 12 yards away.

NJIT came out as the more aggressive side in overtime, however, outshooting Army 4-1 and holding a 2-0 edge in corner kicks during the extra stanza. Gamero was able to capitalize on the Highlanders' pressure when he posted up near the right post and flicked Galindo's cross into the gaping net.

After being outshot by a 5-1 margin in the first half, Army came out strong in the second stanza by posting an 8-5 edge in shots. NJIT outshot Army 14-10 for the match, and also enjoyed a 10-5 advantage in corner kicks.

Koeppe led the Black Knights' offense with four shots. Gamero paced the Highlanders' attack with five shots.

Lars Maalen-Johansen (9-6-0) made two saves to earn the victory for NJIT. Boldt (4-10-2) finished with three stops for Army.

Army will put a cap on its 2012 campaign on Saturday, Nov. 3, when the Black Knights host Patriot League rival Lehigh at 7:30 p.m. It will be Senior Night for Army, and the Black Knights' seven seniors will be honored prior to the match.

Match Notes: Army falls to 4-2-0 all-time versus NJIT ... the Highlanders have won the last two meetings in overtime by identical 2-1 scores ... Cody Guerry picked up his first career assist when he set up Josh Koeepe's goal late in the second half ... Army falls to 0-3-2 in overtime this season ... tonight's match was originally scheduled to be played on Tuesday, but Superstorm Sandy forced it to be postponed to Wednesday.

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