Hansen’s OT Goal Lifts Men’s Soccer Over St. Francis Brooklyn, 2-1
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The LIU Brooklyn men's soccer team won their fifth straight game Sunday afternoon in Brooklyn Bridge Park, beating defending Northeast Conference champions St. Francis Brooklyn, 2-1 in overtime. The Blackbirds held on to win after the Terriers scored the game-tying goal in the 79th minute. With the win, the Blackbirds improve to 6-3-1 overall, and 1-0 in NEC action. The Blackbirds got on the board early in the first half, when freshman Huib Achterkamp scored his first collegiate in the 15th minute. Junior Giuseppe Barone took the corner kick for LIU, and arced it to the left post, where Achterkamp was waiting and headed it in just past the Terriers' keeper. The Terriers would play almost the entire second half a man down when a red card in the 58th minute sent one of their players off the field. But the home team would keep pressing LIU's defense, and eventually succeeded. St. Francis' Ali Tounakara would tie it up in the 79th minute, beating several Blackbird defenders and looping the ball over Sam Ilin's head to knot it up, 1-1. The game went into overtime, but a rejuvenated Blackbird squad came out on the field. LIU would maintain possession for the entirety of the OT period, passing well and moving the ball down the field. And LIU took advantage when the Terriers fouled just outside the 18. The Blackbirds moved quickly, and caught SFBK's defense on its heels. Barone would dump the ball to Filip Nordström, who was waiting right on the corner of the 18. The senior would cross it into the box, where Hansen was waiting, and one-touched it into the back of the net to clinch the win for the Blackbirds.