GENEVA, N.Y. – Senior Ma'Cain Spragling (Akron, OH/Brush) scored with one minute, 54 seconds remaining in the first overtime period as the nationally 18th-ranked Cortland men's soccer team defeated Hobart, 1-0, in non-conference action Tuesday afternoon.
The Red Dragons improved to 14-2 with the win, while the Statesmen had a 10-game unbeaten streak snapped and fell to 6-3-4.
Senior goalie Connor Young (Bayport/Bayport-Blue Point) earned his eighth shutout of the season for Cortland, turning aside four shots. Goalie Alec Kaminer registered eight saves for Hobart.
After a scoreless first half in which Hobart outshot Cortland, 9-7, the Red Dragons started to control play in the latter stages of the second half, generating their best chance in regulation in the 83rd minute when sophomore Cam LaVallee (Schenectady/Schalmont) charged onto a shot in the box that Kaminer stuffed.
In overtime, Spragling set up over a 30-yard free kick after a Hobart foul and drilled a shot through a crowd of players. Kaminer attempted to punch the shot away but directed the ball into the top of the net for the game winner in the 99th minute. The goal was Spragling's fourth of the season and his second game-winning score.
Cortland wraps up its regular season with a crucial SUNYAC game at Oswego on Saturday. The Red Dragons would clinch the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament with a win.
Cortland 1, Hobart 0 (OT)
Scoring Summary (Goals-Assists):
Cortland: Ma'Cain Spragling 1-0
Hobart: no scoring
Halftime: Cortland 0, Hobart 0
End of Regulation: Cortland 0, Hobart 0
Shots: Cortland 20, Hobart 15
Corner Kicks: Hobart 7, Cortland 6
Fouls: Hobart 14, Cortland 12
Saves: Connor Young (Cortland) 4 (0 GA in 98:06); Alec Kaminer (Hobart) 8 (1 GA in 98:06)
Record after game: Cortland (Red Dragons) 14-2 (ranked 18th in Div. III); Hobart (Statesmen) 6-4-3