MSOC: Gilbert delivers OT heroics to lift Berg

Photos courtesy of Kamryn Memmer
Photos courtesy of Kamryn Memmer

TIFFIN -- Cory Gilbert delivered with overtime heroics to send the Heidelberg University men's soccer team home with an energized 3-2 victory on Tuesday night.

With the win, The Berg improves their record to 3-4, while Oberlin College fell to 0-9 on the season.

After finishing regulation tied at two a piece, the Student Princes came out hungry to score early, collecting three shots in the first two and half minutes of the period. On their third attempt, Bryce Zeleznik centered a low driven ball to Gilbert who took a touch past the sliding defender before slamming home the winning goal.

Zeleznik got the scoring started in the 11th minute when he received a pass from Kyle Morton on the right side of the box. Zeleznik took one touch before rifling a bullet into the top left corner of the net for his first goal of the season.

Oberlin earned a penalty kick in the 31st minute to level the match at 1-1. Trenton Bulucea was on hand to bury the freebie, sending Jake Kress the opposite direction.

The Student Princes went back on top in the 68th minute on a goal by Sam Federici. Simon Joseph drove up the goal line and centered to Federici who finished from inside the six-yard box.

Bulucea tied things up in the 85th minute on yet another set piece goal for the Yeomen. He fired a free kick to the upper right corner of the net from 23 yards out.

Gilbert's goal - his second of the season - came in the third minute of a golden-goal overtime period to send the Berg home winners.

Goalkeeper Jake Kress started between the pipes for Heidelberg, stopping seven shots on the evening.

Assistant coach Zach Fowler on the win: "Our guys showed their character and that they have what it takes to be competitive for the rest of the season … Hat's off to Oberlin, it could've easily gone either way in a tough game, but again, we showed what we can do in tough games."

Fowler on heading into OAC play on Saturday: "The momentum is building in this group, and they've got the capability to go very far in the OAC tournament."

The Student Princes kick off OAC play on Saturday at Hidden Valley Soccer Complex for a 2 p.m. start time against Wilmington College.