The Daily Star — Jimmy Reilly’s volley proved to be the difference in the first 10-minute sudden-victory overtime period Friday as St. Joseph’s earned a 2-1 men’s soccer victory over Hartwick in the season opener for both teams.
St. Joe’s Alex Critzos nearly opened the scoring 36 seconds in, when he broke free and had a clear opportunity from just inside the 18-yard box. His shot went wide.
About a minute later, Tim Lazorko shot on target from the top of the box into the arms of Hartwick goalie Mateo
The hosts broke through on their next opportunity, at the 3:49 mark. A flicked-on header following a St. Joe’s direct kick produced a high 50-50 ball. Munarriz got his hands on the ball but couldn’t come down with it. After the ball bounced around in the box, Tommy Brooks scored for a 1-0 lead.
Hartwick senior captain Will Broomfield made it 1-all in the 22nd minute.
Scoring chances were limited in the second half. Pat McGlynn put a close-range header just wide in the 58th minute, and Hartwick cleared a scramble in front of its goal four minutes later.
Reilly’s overtime goal pulled St. Joe’s even in the all-time series with a 1-1 mark. Hartwick won, 1-0, last season on Elmore Field.
Hartwick plays in Peoria, Ill., next weekend at the Bradley University Tournament. The Hawks open against the host Braves at 8 p.m. next Friday.