Catawba Outlasts Wingate in Overtime Match

Wingate, N.C.---Catawba senior attack Marty Tuohy (Weymouth, Mass.) scored his only goal of the game with 2:45 remaining in overtime, giving the Indians a 10-9 Deep South Conference tournament victory over Wingate Tuesday afternoon at Irwin Belk Stadium and John R. Martin Field.

Catawba improves to 10-3 overall. Wingate concludes the 2011 season 7-8 overall. The Indians will visit number nine Mars Hill College Thursday for the DSC North Region final. The first face-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.

The visiting Indians led 8-2 at halftime, thanks to four first-half goals by junior attack Braden Artem (Acton, Ontario). Indian junior midfield Freddie Turcio (Guilford, Conn.) and freshman attack John Schneich (Waxhaw, N.C.) had two first-half goals each for the visitors. Wingate sophomore midfield Derek Watts (Winston-Salem, N.C.) tallied two unassisted goals in the opening half.

Wingate scored seven unanswered goals in the second half to take the lead. Bulldog junior midfield Travis Barrett (Andover, N.J.) got things started, scoring two third-quarter goals to cut Wingate's deficit to 8-4 entering the fourth frame.

Bulldog junior attack David Lee (Greensboro, N.C.) and sophomore midfield Garrett Kendall (Greer, S.C.) took over in the fourth quarter, combining for five goals to give the hosts their first lead of the afternoon. Wingate scored four goals in the span of 65 seconds to tie the game, as Lee started the fast-and-furious flurry with 5:01 remaining on an assist from Barrett. Lee's first goal of the day was the result of an extra-man opportunity.

Kendall ended the 65-second dash at the 3:56 mark, converting an assist from sophomore attack Colin O'Donoghue (Cranberry Township, Pa.) to tie the contest at 8-8. Lee gave Wingate the lead with 1:05 to play, as he took an assist from freshman midfield Troy Press (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) and posted his 32nd goal of the season.

Wingate freshman midfield Bryce Sneed (Apex, N.C.) won the ensuing face-off to give the Bulldogs possession and the one-goal lead. Catawba received two penalties 12 seconds later; as a result, the Indians played one-man down for the remainder of the contest.

The Bulldogs turned the ball over with 17 seconds remaining. Artem tied the game with 5.6 seconds to go, scoring his team-best 39th goal of the season to send the game to overtime. Artem's fifth goal of the day was a man-down score, as one of the two Catawba penalties at the 53-second mark was un-releasable.

The overtime frame started with two Wingate turnovers sandwiched around a Catawba miscue. Following the second Wingate turnover, Catawba called time-out with 3:26 remaining in the four-minute frame.

Indians freshman midfielder Trevor Sieracki (Austin, Texas) missed the first shot of the extra period, but Wingate was called for a penalty with exactly three minutes to go. Fifteen seconds later, Tuohy contributed his close-range golden goal on an assist from Artem.

The game statistics were virtually identical. Catawba held a 32-31 edge in shots, while Wingate had 34 ground balls to 32 for the Indians. The Bulldogs committed 35 turnovers, compared to 31 for the Indians. Both teams recorded 11 goalkeeper saves.

Wingate was only one for nine in extra-man opportunities. On the season, the Bulldogs were 22 for 98 in extra-man situations (22.4 percent). Catawba was one for five on EMO plays Tuesday.

Catawba junior goalkeeper Michael Pecchia (Coquitlam, B.C.) played 61-plus minutes, allowing nine goals and posting 11 saves. He earned his 10th victory of the season. Wingate junior goalkeeper Danny Dlugozima (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) took the loss. In 50-plus minutes, he surrendered eight goals and logged eight saves. Bulldog sophomore netminder Mason Cook (Hollywood, Md.) played 10-plus minutes. Cook gave up two goals and notched three saves.

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