LIVINGSTON, Ala. – Freshman forward Clay Green knocked in a goal unassisted just over two minutes into the extra overtime period on Sunday to give the University of West Alabama men's soccer team a 2-1 victory against Christian Brothers.
The Tigers, picked to finish at the bottom of the Gulf South Conference to begin the season, are now on top of the standings at 3-0. UWA's win against Christian Brothers moves the team's overall record to 7-1, while the Buccaneers fall to 3-5 overall and 2-2 in the conference.
Sunday's win came in thrilling fashion as both teams battled back-and-forth to a 1-1 deadlock through 90 minutes. It was then in the overtime period where Green scored his second and most important goal of the season.
“This is definitely one of the best feelings I have had in my career,” said Green following a dog pile by his teammates in front of the Tiger fans. “More than anything, I am excited for this team right now and what lies ahead for us.”
Sunday's win came after the Tigers battled back from adversity early in the contest. 31 minutes into the game, CBU jumped out on top with a goal by Kevin Tikhomiroff.
The two teams then went 24 minutes without a score as Tiger goalkeeper Jack Moore staved off several stellar shots from the opposing team. Moore finished the match with seven saves in 92 minutes.
UWA's Hamza Tabbakh broke the Buccaneer advantage with his first goal of the season at 55:04. That score set up the dramatic overtime period where Green delivered the game-winning shot.
“I am absolutely delighted with today's result,” said UWA head coach Matthew Thorne. “This was a team that won a lot of games in the conference last season and they really defended well against us today. It was good to see our team battle through adversity and come up with a couple of scores to get the win.”
West Alabama now takes its 3-0 GSC record to Rome, Ga., to take on Shorter Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. CT.