Oakton Community College
Raiders win in overtime on penalty kick, get upper hand on Chiefs in chase for ISCC title.
Opponent: Raiders at Chiefs
2 - 3 (L) OT
The visiting Raiders grabbed the upper hand in the chase for the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference title with a hard fought 3-2 overtime victory over the Chiefs (3-2, 1-1). Oakton put a major dent in Waubonsee's plans for a third straight conference championship by scoring on a penalty kick in the final minute of overtime. The win puts the Raiders (4-0, 2-0) in the driver's seat in their quest for a sixth ISCC title in the last eight years.
After 44 minutes of scoreless play, the Raiders snagged a 1-0 halftime lead when Nelson Herrera took a feed from Alex Herrerra and punched in a score with only 0:35 remaining until the break. Waubonsee responded early in the second half when Daniel Miranda scored his fourth goal of the season on a penalty kick to knot the score at one. Waubonsee then took the lead midway through the second half. Oswaldo Barajas' shot was deflected by the Raiders' keeper Matthew Cabrales, but he failed to control the ball. The Chiefs' Steve Rivera quickly pounced on the rebound and knocked in his first goal of the season. It turned out to be a short lived lead for the Chiefs as Oakton tied the match just four minutes later when David Villegas scored with an assist from Nelson Herrera.
Each team had prime scoring opportunities in the final minutes of regulation without finding the back of the net. Waubonsee keeper Luis Gallardo made a pair of outstanding stops, while the Chiefs had a shot deflect off the left post with about eight minutes left in regulation. The intense match went back and forth throughout the overtime period before the Raiders' Alex Herrera got ahead of the Chiefs' defense in the final minute. With a Waubonsee defender on his heels and Gallardo rushing out from the net, the Raiders' forward made a quick move with the ball to get a better angle to shoot. In his attempt to block the potential game-winning shot, a sliding Gallardo missed the ball and up-ended Herrera resulting in a penalty and a red card from the official. The ensuing penalty kick by Nelson Herrera easily eluded the Chiefs' back up keeper Christian Torres, and the Raiders' victory celebration commenced.