LEWISTON, Maine -- Edwin Acosta's improbable shot curled into the net with 4:55 left in overtime to give Husson University a 4-3 non-conference victory over the host Bates College men's soccer team on Sunday.
From near the left baseline and at a tough angle, Acosta, a sophomore from Honduras, kicked a left-footed volley from 20 yards away that cleared the reach of Bates goalie Greg Watts (West Chester, Pa.) and tumbled inside the far right post. It was the first meeting between the two Maine teams since 1998.
The goal capped a shocking win for the Eagles (3-4), who evened the game three different times during regulation to force overtime.
Rob Cowart (Rome, Ga.) tied the game at 1-1 for Husson in the 30th minute with another exceptional shot, pivoting and hitting the ball over Watts, who was caught several yards out of the goal, and into the net from 40 yards away. In the 79th minute, John DeStefano (Auburn, N.H.) blasted a free kick over a Bates wall and under the cross bar from 25 yards out to tie the game at 2-2. And with 2:16 left in regulation, the Eagles' Gavin Madden (Manchester, N.H.) connected on another long-range shot from about 35 yards away to tie the game at 3-3.
Each goal wiped out go-ahead scores by the Bobcats. First-year John Murphy (Yarmouth, Maine) scored the Bobcats' first goal of the season in the 15th minute, less than a minute after the Bobcats dodged a bullet when Husson missed wide on a penalty kick. Sophomore Chris Okano (Los Angeles, Calif.) set Murphy up wiht an exceptional setup, looping a backward volley from near the right baseline into the box, where Murphy one-timed it past Husson keeper Miguel Dominguez (Rome, Ga.).
Murphy struck again in the 53rd minute, faking out a Husson back with a move to the left from near the top of the penalty area, then kicking a low shot through traffic and inside the far corner.
In the 80th minute, a minute after Husson had tied the game at 2-2, sophomore back Basil Ferenczi (St. Cloud, France), in the aftermath of a free kick by Murphy, followed the rebounded save of his own shot with a putback for his first college goal.
Dominguez made six saves for the Eagles, while Watts made three saves for Bates. Bates outshot Husson 19-12, including a 13-7 edge in the second half.
Bates (0-3) will play at Plymouth State on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.