Thibaut Bourrier’s golden goal in the 100th minute completed the UU men’s soccer team’s comeback Sunday with a 2-1 league win over second-place West Virginia Wesleyan. Bourrier scored both goals for UU on the day and ran his season total up to four.
With the victory, UU improves to 6-5 (4-3 MEC) on the season and avenged a loss earlier in the year against Wesleyan. The Bobcats were dealt their second MEC loss and drop to 7-4-2 (6-2 MEC).
After a scoreless first half, the visiting Bobcats took a 1-0 lead late in the second stanza as Dominic Okus scored in the 82nd minute. Up to that point, the match featured an extremely even style of play.
Following the 1-0 deficit, the Blue Knights turned up the attack style and controlled the possession the rest of the way.
UU finally broke through in the 85th minute when Bourrier scored in the box after an assist from Jacob Wischmeier. Wischmeier subbed in late and provided the Blue Knights with the momentum boost.
The Blue Knights then fired three more shots over the final four minutes of regulation but couldn’t find the back of the net before overtime.
UU continued to control the ball in the extra period with four shots and two corner kicks leading up to the game-winner. With under a minute until the end of the first OT, Bourrier found a channel, beat a defender and finished with his left foot from the middle of the box.
UU keeper Daniel McNicholas finished with three saves between the pipes, while Bourrier and Antoine Ravera each produced five shots.
The Blue Knights are 3-0 in overtime games this season.
UU hosts Wheeling Jesuit in a Thursday night game at UU Stadium following the 4 p.m. women’s matchup between the Blue Knights and Cardinals.