Lourdes rallied from a two-goal deficit with under 35 minutes to play in regulation to force overtime, but Indiana East netted the match-winner just 22 seconds into the extra session to defeat the Gray Wolves 3-2 at Wildcat Stadium on Saturday night.
“I thought we showed great character to come back from being down 2-0,” head coach Matt Johnson said afterwards. “We needed to do a better job of managing our emotions though after we tied the game. Overtime is always tough in sudden death as they had just one shot but scored the goal.”
In the extra session, Brian Alvarez took advantage of a turnover in the box, and sent a one-touch pass to Gustavo Ferrari who tallied the match-winner.
Trailing 2-0, Lourdes cut its deficit in half with 34:19 to play. Following a foul in the penalty area, Reece Riccardi (Jupiter, Fla./Suncoast H.S.) stepped up and connected on the penalty kick for his first goal of the season, and ninth of his career, third most in program history.
Farouk Amoo (South Holland, Ill./Thornwood H.S.) tied the match with just under 12 minutes to play. He dribbled past the Red Wolf goalkeeper and beat the defense from the left side for his second goal of the year, forcing the extra session.
Indiana East (2-0) took the lead with 3:30 to play before halftime as Dumi Kumwenda connected on a penalty kick following a handball in the box. The Red Wolves extended their lead 4:08 into the second half as Matthew Fletes shot from 30 yards out found the top of the goal.
The Red Wolves outshot Lourdes 14-9 for the evening, including 6-2 on goal, but Garrett Baxley (Trenton, Ohio/Edgewood H.S.) made three saves in goal for the Gray Wolves.
Lourdes (1-2) will return to the road on Wednesday evening, as the Gray Wolves travel to Goshen, Ind. to battle Goshen. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Ingold Athletic Complex.