Marlins Celebrate Homecoming in Electrifying OT Win

Ricky Perrault. Photo by: Jim Auer
Ricky Perrault. Photo by: Jim Auer

Marlins Celebrate Homecoming in Electrifying OT Win

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Senior Ricky Perrault capitalized on a penalty kick late in the second overtime Saturday as the Virginia Wesleyan University men's soccer team overcame Randolph College 3-2 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) action.

The visiting WildCats were quick to get on the scoreboard as Frankie DiOrio found the back of net in the fifth minute of play on a Barun Tamang assist.

Strong defensive play defined the rest of the first half until Perrault scored an early equalizer for the Marlins with the help of an Alex Suprise assist early in the second half. Just 12 minutes later, at 61:42, Suprise recorded his second assist on the day, this time to help Will Augsberger score to give the Marlins a 2-1 lead.

What seemed like a substantial momentum shift in favor of Virginia Wesleyan was brought to a screeching halt when Gabe Krueger slotted away a WildCat goal to put the contest on level terms once again.

After 90 minutes of an exciting regulation period, both sides found themselves in a 2-2 draw leading to the first overtime period. A shot from Randolph's Travis Brown could not find the back of the net in the 100th minute of play as the two sides headed to a second and final overtime period.

As the game clock approached the 107th minute of play, Virginia Wesleyan earned a crucial penalty kick chance as Ryan Kraus was tackled in the box. Perrault lined up his attempt and although Erick Cortez-Martinez managed to get a diving glove on the shot, could not stop it from slamming the back of the net, sending the Marlins into exhuberant celebration.

The Marlins were edged 12-10 in shots and 9-5 in corners by the WildCats.

Marlins goalkeeper Nick Peterson recorded three saves on the day while Cortez-Martinez stopped two for Randolph (6-6/1-3).

Virginia Wesleyan (7-5/2-2) looks to continue its success at Randolph-Macon College (10-1/3-1) Tuesday for a 4 p.m. ODAC start.