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Branco’s Double Overtime Strike Gives UChicago Men’s Soccer 1-0 Win at NYU

Jorge Branco
Jorge Branco

NEW YORK – The University of Chicago men's soccer team found itself in familiar territory on Sunday afternoon – playing a tense double-overtime contest. Once again, the Maroons had last-minute magic on their side as Jorge Branco's goal ended the match 1-0 at New York University on Sunday.

The No. 5-ranked Maroons improved to 8-1-4 overall and took sole possession of first place in the University Athletic Association (UAA) at 4-0. The Violets fell to 6-5-1 overall and 3-1 in the UAA.

UChicago has now reached double overtime in a match six times this year. Branco in particular was active in the extra periods, taking all three of his shots in that time. His attempt was blocked in the 100th minute, then he hit the post in the 105th minute. With a tie imminent, first-year forward Kameron Bloye crossed the ball to Branco and the sophomore midfielder came through with the game-winner at the 106:45 mark.

The Maroon defense recorded its fifth-straight shutout and seventh of the season overall. Junior goalkeeper Aaron Katsimpalis stopped all eight shots on goal – the second-most saves he's made this year.

In the final statistics, UChicago held narrow leads in shots (15-12) and corner kicks (5-4).

NEXT GAME:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 23 @ 7:00 PM – Carthage College at UChicago