Bullen Rallies Minutemen To 2-1 Victory
Oct. 26, 2003
OLEAN, N.Y. - Sophomore Oral Bullen (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored with 52 seconds left in regulation, then got the game-winning goal 1:39 into the overtime session to rally the UMass soccer team to a 2-1 victory over St. Bonaventure on Sunday afternoon. UMass improved to 10-5-1 overall and 4-3-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
The Minutemen dominated territorially in the first half, firing seven shots to the Bonnies' two, and drawing four corner kicks to SBU's one, but couldn't find the net. St. Bonaventure goalie Sean Eyde made two first-half saves to keep the game scoreless. Colin Burns (Newark, Del.) also made two first-half saves for the Minutemen.
St. Bonaventure took a 1-0 lead in the 72nd minute when Kevin Omokhua blasted a shot past Burns. Miseal Pedraza kicked the ball over a UMass defender and found Omukhua on the right side of the net, who then disposed the ball into the back of the net. However, UMass tied the game off a direct kick in the 90th minute. Bullen slid the ball past Eyde during a scramble in front of the net to tie the game at 1-1. Freshman Ralph Pace (Richmond, Va.) assisted on Bullen's first netter of the day. Bullen then ended the game in the 92nd minute when Dan Colwell (Spencer, Mass.) played a ball to the speedy sophomore, who then weaved his way through defenders and beat Eyde to the left post for a 2-1 overtime victory.
UMass outshot the Bonnies, 12-5, and drew six corners to SBU's two. Burns finished the afternoon with two saves to run his record to 6-5-1 overall.
The Minutemen will be in action next weekend for their final two home games of the season. On Friday, Oct. 31, UMass takes on Temple at 2:30 p.m., and then Saint Joseph's on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.