Sam Guernsey’s OT goal lifts Eagles to comeback win over UTPB

Sam Guernsey scored two goals, including the overtime game-winner, as OC beat Texas-Permian Basin 3-2.
Sam Guernsey scored two goals, including the overtime game-winner, as OC beat Texas-Permian Basin 3-2.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 25, 2012) – For the second time this season, Texas-Permian Basin jumped out to a two-goal lead over Oklahoma Christian on Thursday night. But just like the first time, the Eagles found an answer and rallied to win.

Sam Guernsey scored two goals, including the game-winner less than two minutes into overtime, to lift OC past the visiting Falcons 3-2 on a night when temperatures fell into the high 40s and a stiff north wind blew.

OC (7-8) didn’t score until the final 19 minutes of regulation in a wild, freewheeling contest that included 54 shots – 28 by the Eagles, 26 by UTPB (6-11).

On Oct. 4, in the first meeting of the season between the Heartland Conference rivals, the Falcons led OC 2-0 before the Eagles roared back to win 4-2.

“We’ve got to find a way to start faster against them, but give credit to our guys for coming back and finding a way to get the result,” OC coach David Scott said. “The way they play is different from how most teams play and they cause problems. They want the game to get stretched out and it’s tough to play against. But it ended up being a good result for us.”

The Falcons jumped out quickly, taking the lead in the sixth minute when Tyler Gibson put away Andrew Enriquez’s cross from the right side. In the 30th minute, UTPB went up 2-0 on a goal by Shelby Sharp, who scored off a pass from Gibson.

UTPB looked content to try and ride that lead for most of the second half, although the Falcons continually peppered OC goalkeeper Connor Davenport, who made 10 saves, some of the spectacular variety.

Cole Rinke finally broke through for the Eagles in the 72nd minute with a goal from the edge of the penalty box. OC kept the pressure on UTPB goalkeeper Craig Branum and tied the game in the 84th minute, with Guernsey putting away a feed from Brandon Little Axe.

That led to OC’s first overtime game this season and the Eagles made sure the extra period didn’t last long – only 67 seconds. Colin Pinnell sent a pass from far left of the goal into Guernsey, who scored on a shot from about 15 yards out, setting off a raucous celebration by the Eagles.

Branum finished with six saves for the Falcons.

OC has two games remaining in a season-ending five-game homestand. The Eagles will play McMurry (Texas) on Saturday, then host Newman (Kan.) on Nov. 3.

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