Cesar Scores Game-Winner to Give Men's Soccer a 4-3 Double Overtime Victory Over Nyack on Senior Day

Cesar Scores Game-Winner to Give Men's Soccer a 4-3 Double Overtime Victory Over Nyack on Senior Day

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Oct. 25, 2016) - Led by sophomore Donovan Cesar's (Jamaica, N.Y. / St. Francis Prep) game-winning goal in the 103rd minute, the Mercy College men's soccer team was able to record a 4-3 double-overtime Senior Day victory over Nyack College on Tuesday afternoon at Mercy Field.

In a ceremony prior to the game, Head Coach Pedro Velazquez and the Mercy athletic department recognized the careers of seniors Julio Sanchez (Denver, Colo./Otero JC), Gonzalo Prando (Jefferson Valley, N.Y./Lakeland), Carlos Rabanal (New Rochelle, N.Y./Westchester CC) and Adil Gowani (Huntington Station, N.Y./Nassau CC).

The Mavericks (8-4-3) earn their first overtime victory of the season, while the Warriors (7-9) have dropped two of their last three games.

The Warriors started the first half strong, as they were able to get on the board first for both teams. Pablo Montes was able to find the back of the net in the 17th minute when he dribbled through the Mavericks defense and took a successful shot in the lower right corner.

The Mavericks answered back 13 minutes later when freshman Santiago Corral (Buenos Aires, Argentina /Instituto Francesco Faa Di Bruno) received a cross ball from junior Daniel Watson (Birmingham, England / Monroe College) and was able to tie the score at 1-1.

Just four minutes later Jose Carvajal (Levittown, N.Y. / Island Trees) was dished the ball from sophomore Lucca Lacerda (Passos, Brazil / Monroe College) and was able to increase the Mavericks lead to 2-1. Three minutes before entering the half, Haxhi Verjoni (Cornwall, N.Y. / Marlboro) was able to give Mercy a comfortable 3-1 lead before the half when Lacerda fed him a cross ball after a misplay by the Warriors goalie. The Mavericks held a 3-1 advantage heading into the intermission.

The second half was a head-to-head battle. It wasn't until 23 minutes had gone by in the half that Finn Reese was able to find the back of the net for the Warriors. Reese was able to execute the play after receiving a through ball from Francois Legeodec. With the goal, the Warriors only trailed by one goal. Mercy kept the pressure on as they forced Michael Reger to make five saves for the Warriors. It wasn't until the 83rd minute of the game that Legeodec was able to tie the score at 3-3 when he found the lower right of the net off of a cross from Aaron Duran, forcing the game to go into overtime.

The first overtime period saw the Mavericks hungry to score, as they recorded three shots compared to Nyack's two. However, the first overtime period remained scoreless and the teams were forced to go into a second overtime period.

The Mavericks were able to seal the deal in the second overtime period, after Cesar was able to find the back of the net in the 102nd minute of the contest off of a cross from freshman Maximiliano Rebolledo-Camus (Santiago, Chile / Saint George's College).

Junior Kwantarian Van der Lara (Conway, Ark. / Conway) made the start in net and recorded three saves.  Regar played a full 102:16 for the Warriors and recorded 15 saves.

The Mavericks held a 33-13 advantage in shots and a 10-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Head Coach Pedro Velazquez and the Mavericks will look to get another win as they host Bridgeport University in their final regular season game on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 11 am.