UT-Brownsville Men's Soccer Battles Wiley To Home Draw

The No. 24 University of Texas at Brownsville Ocelots men's soccer team put up a fight and came back from being down a goal to tie the Wiley Wildcats and end the game in a 3-3 double overtime tie.

"Everything that could of gone wrong seemed to today. We had to scratch two of our starting three defenders during the pre-game warm up." Coach Dan Balaguero said. "Combined that with three of our starters leaving the game with injuries."

Always handy Archie Massen and goalie Sam Butler had to leave games due to leg and shoulder injuries respectively.

Balaguero added, "We will assess the injuries in the morning. That being said this is a game we should have won."

UTB struck first when Oscar Valencia, off an Orrin Farrell free kick, found the back of the net to take the 1-0 lead. It would go back and forth the rest of the half but the score would not change leading into intermission.

Out from halftime, Wiley scored twice in seven minutes on goals by Saye Suah to retake the lead at 2-1.

Kegan Ellis off a feed from Leonardo Medeiros answered the call and tied it up at two a piece in the 58th minute of the contest.

A minute later the Wildcats retook the lead on a strike by Suah and made it 3-2 Wiley.

"Nice finish by the kid on the first goal but the second and third are goals I expect our keepers to deal with." Balaguero said.

On the 80th minute of the ball game Carlos Acevedo found the left side of the field and hit a shot to zipped right past the Wildcats goalie and force overtime.

Neither team scored in either of the overtime periods and the game ended in a tie.

"Offensively we had a number of good chances to win the game, at times we were far to selfish once we got into dangerous areas in the attack." Balaguero said. "Well done to Wiley, they are much improved and gave us problems and proved resilient once it went 3-3."

The Ocelots are in action again on October 24 when they travel to Austin to take on the Huston-Tillotson Rams at 7:00 p.m.

"We have two very difficult road games next week and in order to win those games we will have to play much better than today."