Penalty Kick Gives Wildcats Men’s Soccer an Overtime Win
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DAVIDSON, N.C. – Jamie DiLuzio converted a penalty kick in the first minute of overtime to lift Davidson over Wake Tech, 2-1 (OT), in its 2019 men’s soccer opener Friday evening at Alumni Stadium.
DiLuzio’s third career strike and second game-winner was set up when fellow midfielder Malcolm McCabe beat his defender on the far side before drawing the foul.
In addition to a commanding 20-6 advantage in shots, the Wildcats held a 12-3 margin in corner kicks.
With just 1:20 left in regulation, the Eagles’ forced the extra session when Alex Escamilla put away a misplayed clearance following a cross from Lucas Quiroga.
Davidson (1-0-0) threatened with a number of chances throughout the opening period and got on the board in the 44th minute with Justin Stone’s first collegiate goal, which was assisted by Jackson Bracy.
Stone made an immediate impact for the ‘Cats, finishing with three shots, all of which were on frame.
The Wildcats had a pair of opportunities to break open the contest late, but were unable to capitalize as a Quinn Dudek header caromed off the cross bar and DiLuzio just missed on a feed from McCabe in the 84th minute.
The win was the first for first-year head coach Mike Babst, who spent the previous six seasons at the University of Chicago.
Davidson kicks off September with a season-long four-game road swing, each against 2018 NCAA Tournament participants. The challenging stretch will begin with a trip to the West Coast to battle Oregon State (Sept. 6) and Portland (Sept. 8).