Omar Moro scored twice and converted a PK in a shootout for Lehman College. (Photo courtesy of Lehman SID)
BRONX, N.Y. – After a thrilling 3-3 draw, Lehman College men defeated Hunter College, 5-3, on penalty kicks in a City University of New York Athletic Conference quarterfinals at South Field Wednesday night.
Third-seeded Lehman will take on second-seeded Baruch College in the semifinals at Brooklyn College Saturday.
“We went down 2-0 early in the first half and I told the boys to just play to feet and keep pushing,” Lehman head coach Toma Gojcevic said. “The second half we played really well. The final 70 minutes I thought we were the better team. The late comeback shows their spirits which I knew they had. We’ve been just waiting for them to show it all year and it was a perfect time to do it.”
No. 6 Hunter jumped out to a 2-0 halftime lead after tallies from midfielder Adam Pine and forward Blaise Enama in the 18th and 25th minutes, respectively.
The Lightning got on the board in the 57th minute off a goal from midfielder Mubarack Ouro, who low shot from left side got past goalkeeper Noah Dougherty.
Midfielder Omar Moro tied the match at 2-2 in the 76th minute off an assist from defender Abdu Tchakoura.
A penalty kick from defender Michael Merlo gave Hunter a 3-2 advantage in 82nd minute. However, two minutes later, Moro notched his second goal of the match to equalize at 3-3.
The shootout remained tied after two rounds, when Moro recorded Lehman’s third shot for a 3-2 lead. Hunter’s third attempt from midfielder Nikola Ristovic was saved by goalkeeper Chris Mulholland.
After each team exchanged goals in the fourth round, midfielder Marcus Folks scored the winning penalty for Lehman.
“I knew we had it in us after being down 2-0,” Mulholland said “I wasn’t sure it would come out tonight for us, but I’m glad we came back and we played well as a team in the second half and overtime.”