Cardinals down Rowan in double overtime to take title

GLASSBORO, N.J. – Earl Hamilton deflected Justin Oloriz's shot into the back of the net for a dramatic double overtime game-winner on Saturday that lifted CUA over Rowan (2-2) in the championship of the Rowan University Invitational.  The Cardinals (3-1) win their third straight match and Mike Brennan was named the Tournament MVP.

Following a scoreless first overtime session, the teams headed for 10 more minutes of extra soccer.  Ian Smith got off a shot right away, but Rowan keeper Michael Fanz-Huster made the save. 

Three minutes later, Oloriz sent a shot in towards the goal that Hamilton deflected into the back of the net, lifting the Cards to an exhilarating victory.

The Cardinals wasted little time in jumping ahead in this one, receiving a goal from Ethan DaPonte just 3:12 into the match.  Oloriz assisted on the score to give CUA an early lead.

Ten minutes later, Shane Kohler took a feed from Dave Schwartz and tied things up with a goal for the Profs.

The back-and-forth continued when Ben Fernandez headed in a corner kick from Tyler Zimmerman at the 30:07 mark to put the Cards back on top.

CUA had several shots down the stretch, but was unable to add to its lead, and took its 2-1 advantage into halftime.

Nearly eight minutes into the second half, Shane Dooley tied things at two when he deflected Parker Oris' shot into the goal.

From there the intensity only increased with both teams looking for the go-ahead score.  Brennan unleashed a shot at the 59:54 mark, but it was high, keeping things tied at two.

Nick Bolton's header for Rowan at the 64:10 mark was sent back by Torsten Meuschke, and two more Prof shots just minutes later were both wide.

Ben Fleri's header at the 78:24 mark was saved by Fanz-Huster, and that wound up being the Cardinals final shot of regulation.

CUA finished with a 15-13 advantage in shots, and both teams were awarded four corner kicks.

Meuschke stopped two shots for the Cardinals and Fanz-Huster stopped five shots, while Rowan starting keeper Ryan Gill sent back one shot.

Along with Brennan, Kevin Romano, Hunter Horvath, Ian Smith and Ethan DaPonte received All-Tournament Team accolades.

CUA will be back in action on Wednesday afternoon when the Cardinals remain on the road and travel to Mary Washington.  Start time is set for 4 p.m.