Johnson City, Tenn. - Itode Fubara scored a golden goal at 94:51 of the first overtime to give East Tennessee State its first A-Sun championship in men's soccer. It was a strong effort that fell short in the end for the Hatters who were trying for back-to-back titles. It was the 8th overtime championship game in A-Sun history.
A hand ball just outside the box set up the winning goal for the Buccaneers. Colin Pugh crossed the free kick deep into a crowded goal mouth where Fubara drove it home. It was the 4th goal of the season for Fubara.
Jonathan Mendoza never stopped moving from start to finish and played a brilliant game. He had three of the first four shots for the Hatters who pressed the action early and controlled the ball for most of the first half. Stetson went into the break with a 6-2 advantage in shots and led 4-0 in corner kicks. Mendoza, de Mujica and Eckenrode each had a shot on goal.
A questionable foul call on Luis Ocejo10 yards outside the box created a tense moment with 13:14 remaining in the second half. The free kick by Guilherme Reis cleared the Hatter wall and sailed just over the crossbar. It appeared, however that Schnabl was in position for the stop if necessary.
Mendoza almost won the game when he hit the crossbar from 40 yards out with two seconds left in regulation. In the end Stetson finished with a 9-5 advantage in shots.
It was the final game in the careers of Stetson seniors Dan Sackman, Ryan Corning, and Giulio D'Amore.
"I'm really proud of the effort we gave out there in the championship game, we took it to overtime and we couldn't have asked any more from our players. I wish ETSU the best of luck in the NCAA's", said Stetson head coach T. Logan Fleck. "Of course our kids are broken hearted, however I am very proud of the effort they gave and they are a class act! We now lose our seniors Dan, Ryan and Giulio who are part of the most successful class ever to play here and I couldn't be more proud of them."
Jonathan Mendoza, Ryan Corning and Andreas Schnabl were named to the All-Tournament Team.