Cutler Pushes Men's Soccer to Overtime Win Against Vermont
Aug. 27, 2017
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The San Diego State men's soccer team earned its first win of the season thanks to a golden goal scored by redshirt senior Dallin Cutler in the 95th minute to break a 1-1 tie. SDSU ends its east coast swing with a 1-1 record on the young season.
"This was absolutely a team effort where we used every elgible field player and grinded out a big win to close out a very difficult road trip," stated head coach Lev Kirshner. "I'm very proud of how this group bounced back from such an emotional opener."
SDSU held that advantage for the following 57 minutes, but the Catamounts continued a steady offensive attack with Geo Alves cashing in on a corner kick opportunity in the 69th minute to even the score at 1-1. Five of SDSU's second-half shots were on target, but the Aztecs could not convert in regulation and were forced into overtime for the second consecutive match.
After falling in the season opener against Army West Point on Friday night in overtime fashion, SDSU was able to flip the script on Sunday morning, with a pass from Thom Van den Berg opening up an opportunity for Cutler to rush down the right side and push his game-winning shot past Vermont goalkeeper Aron Runarsson. It was the only shot for either team in overtime.
In goal, Max Watkin earned his first collegiate win in his first collegiate game, playing all 94 minutes and collecting one save. Despite being outshot 14-10, the SDSU backline minimized the quality of Vermont's shooting opportunities, with only two of UVM's 14 shots being on target. The Aztecs also held an advantage in corner kicks at 6-5.
The Aztecs now have a week off in preparation for the team's home opener against UC Santa Barbara on Monday, Aug. 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the SDSU Sports Deck.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Dallin Cutler was named Man of the Match after his 95th minute goal preserved San Diego State's first win of the season. Cutler posted two shots - both on goal - to help lead the Aztecs offensively throughout the match.