Dylan Huber scored off an assist from goalkeeper Ben Lundgaard seven minutes into overtime as Salesianum stunned nationally top-ranked St. Benedict’s Prep 1-0 in a highly anticipated soccer game on Tuesday in Newark, N.J.
“This certainly has to be right up there as the biggest win in our history, for sure,” Sallies coach Scott Mosier said. “I don’t know how many people have knocked off the No. 1 team in the country. It’s difficult to do.”
The Sals came into the game ranked seventh by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The Gray Bees were ranked first, and Mosier said the winner of this game is expected to earn the NSCAA national championship if it can win its remaining games.
St. Benedict’s was pressing to score in overtime when Lundgaard used his 6-foot-6 frame to catch a ball that had been chipped in. He quickly punted it over the defense and Huber ran on to it, beat a defender and scored to snap the Gray Bees’ 71-game winning streak. Sallies (11-0-1) was the last team to beat St. Benedict’s (14-1) on Oct. 2, 2010.
“If we went through two overtimes and we tied, then really both teams wouldn’t have had a shot at being No. 1 in the country,” Mosier said. “We knew they were going to push a lot of guys forward, and we were just looking for a counterattack.”
The Gray Bees took 12 shots, but Lundgaard kept them off the board with eight saves. The Sals had eight shots.
“It was exactly how we expected the game to go,” Mosier said.
“They pushed a lot of guys forward. They’re a really good attacking team, and we’re a really good defending and counter team. … The last thing I said to the team during pregame was, ‘They do what they do well, and we do what we do well. Let’s see whose style is going to win out today.'”