BENNINGTON, Vermont – Pine Manor College men's soccer freshman Jahvar Gayle (Bloomfield, Conn.) scored his second goal of the game at 5:14 of overtime to give the Gators their first victory in program history, 3-2, over Southern Vermont College on Friday afternoon. The Gators improve to 1-2-0 in their inaugural season, Southern Vt. drops to 0-5-0 on the year.
Just over five minutes into the first overtime period, Gayle finished on a goal mouth pass from classmate Diego Maillo (Miami, Fla.), pictured, to give Head Coach John Shimer his first collegiate coaching victory.
Gayle and Maillo combined to score all three Pine Manor goals as Gayle also scored the first goal in program history at 25:51 of the first half before assisting on Maillo's goal at 63:54 of the second half.
With the game scoreless in the first, Gayle buried a shot into the Southern Vt. net after using a great piece of individual skill to beat the defender one-on-one and give the Gators the 1-0 advantage.
"Jahvar's first goal was a thing of beauty," said Shimer. "He and Diego carried us today - Just an outstanding and exhilarating win."
With Pine Manor leading, Southern Vt. senior Erik Argueta (Pico Rivera, Calif.) scored the first of his two goals on the afternoon, blasting a shot past PMC goalkeeper Oscar Estrada (North port, Fla.) to tie the game.
Estrada earned the victory in the match, playing the first half and overtime and making one save. Dominic Douglas (Bainbridge, Ga.) played the second half in goal for the Gators, making six saves. SVC freshman goalie Cody Gross (Fair Lawn, New Jersey) tallied two saves in the loss.
With the match still tied after the half, Maillo scored what looked at the time to be the potential game winner, slotting home a pass from Gayle following a PMC corner kick to make the score 2-1 Gators.
Southern Vermont and Argueta had other ideas, as the PMC lead was short lived. With the Mountaineers trailing for the second time on the day, Martin Carrillo (Quito, Ecuador) curled a beautiful pass over the PMC defense to set up the finish from Argueta.
With overtime looming, Pine Manor nearly slipped ahead with as Gayle put a shot off the crossbar at the 85:57 mark— the third time on the day that he found the woodwork. In the final minute of regulation, Southern Vermont made its own push for the game winner, but Argueta's shot was blocked by Gator freshman defenseman Alejandro Moreno (Temecula, California) and the game went to the extra period.
"Credit also goes to our backline today," said Shimer after the game. We worked incredibly hard on our backline this week – organizing, shape, stepping hard and denying shots. I think the work paid off, tremendous work from Alejandro, Sam Baugh (Abilene, Texas), Ali Mallah (Dearborn Heights, Mich.) and Isaac Bapelli (Fort Worth, Texas)."
The Gators will have little time to celebrate today's historic win as they will travel to Daniel Webster College tomorrow afternoon for a 2:00 PM contest. Meanwhile, Southern Vermont (0-5) will host Middlebury College in its next match on Wednesday at 4:00 PM