» «
Top-10 Moments of 2013-14: #8 - Extra Time

July 16, 2014

The 2013-14 year was a momentous one for Seton Hall Athletics as the Pirates made their mark in the first year of a revamped BIG EAST Conference.

From the hardwood to the field, the pitch to the pool or on the course, the was no shortage of memorable moments across all 14 varsity athletic programs as Seton Hall student-athletes continued to honor and further the university's proud athletic tradition.

Over the final two weeks of July, SHUPirates.com in conjunction with College Hunks Hauling Junk will reveal its countdown of the Top-10 moments from the year that was.

Our #8 moment features an exciting finish in double overtime that resulted in an improbable win for the Pirates. The men's soccer team trailed visiting Delaware 3-0 after one half of play, but outscored the Blue Hens 4-1 in the second half to force overtime. With time ticking away in the final 10-minute period, freshman Samuel Geiler delivered a game-winning strike to lift his team to a win and preserve the Pirates' unbeaten early season record.

#8 - Extra Time

After one half of play it seemed likely the men's soccer team was going to suffer its first setback of the season. The Pirates were 1-0-2 when they welcomed unbeaten Delaware to Owen T. Carroll Field, and the Blue Hens controlled the first 45 minutes of action, posting three goals prior to intermission.

Seton Hall fired just one shot on net in the opening half and goalkeeper Kevin Bonder (Whippany, N.J.) made three saves to keep his team's deficit at just three. However, despite trailing by three goals the Pirates came back on the field determined to protect their home turf, and fewer than five minutes into the second half the team found the spark it was lacking earlier in the game.

Redshirt freshman Danny Bartok (Union, N.J.) came up with his first-career goal in the 50th minute. Jason Wellington (West Palm Beach, Fla.) set up the play, directing a long pass to Bartok down the right side, which he settled and then and beat Borja Barbero near post to put his team on the board.

Just over two minutes later The Hall trailed by just one, with George Velasquez (Union City, N.J.) netting his first score of the season, with an assist from Victor Manosalvas (Clifton, N.J.). But the Pirates would see their comeback attempt become more daunting when Delaware extended its lead to 4-2 with 30 minutes remaining in regulation.

That cushion would not last long. In the 62nd minute it was Bartok tallying his second strike of the night and the comeback was actually completed with nearly 15 minutes still to play as a pair of quick passes up the middle of the field from Bolu Akinyode (Lagos, Nigeria) and Max Garcia (Jersey City, N.J.), created a scoring opportunity for John Gurel (Istanbul, Turkey).

Seton Hall and Delaware combined to score eight goals in the first 75 minutes of action, but it was not until the waning moments of double overtime that the Pirates netted the game winner.

Freshman Samuel Geiler (Offenberg, Germany) burst onto the scene for SHU, scoring three goals in his first two collegiate games to collect BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week Honors on Sept. 2, establishing him as a legitimate scoring threat out of the midfield.

He enjoyed a typically active offensive night against Delaware, attempting four shots in 81 minutes and it was the final strike that resulted in one of his biggest goals of the year. Garcia started the play, finding Bartok near midfield where he deflected the pass into a gap in the defense along the left side.

There was fewer than 10 seconds to play when Geiler chased down Bartok's pass in space, and as he approached the Delaware box he unleashed a shot toward the far post, beating Barbero for the game-winner with just three seconds showing on the clock.

Geiler sprinted off the field toward the far corner where he was chased down by his teammates. Being shut out and trailing by three scores after the first half, Seton Hall came all the way back not only to force overtime, but capture a heart stopping win. Without question one of the most exciting moments of the 2013-14 season.


#9- Fitting Farewell