Sept. 8, 2018 – What looked like a sure three points quickly evaporated into nothing for the Kodiaks men's soccer team.
A pair of SAIT Trojans goals in the dying minutes of the match spoiled the Kodiaks home opener, as they dropped a heartbreaking 3-2 decision.
With his team down 2-1, SAIT's Brad Atherton put his team on his shoulders. Atherton headed one past Kodiaks goalkeeper Kohl Wandyka in the 89th minute, drilling home the equalizer off a well-placed free kick from well beyond the box.
With the Kodiaks on their heels, Atherton then secured the dramatic comeback in extra time with another goal off a header, this time off a Trojans corner.
The late goals spoiled what was a mostly solid performance from the home side.
In front of a raucous crowd, the Kodiaks went up 1-0 in the 41st minute on a penalty kick goal from Wilson Ntignee.
After finishing last season second in conference scoring, Ntignee picked up where he left off by drawing a penalty just as he entered inside the penalty area. Trojan goalkeeper Marko Ilich dove right and got a piece of the shot, but not enough to keep it out.
The Trojans briefly tied the game at two off a nice header goal from Daniel Arevalo in the 52nd minute, before Jimmy Bukuru put the Kodiaks back in front two minutes later by burying a mad scramble in front
The Kodiaks will head to Olds tomorrow, looking to regroup with a match against the Olds College Broncos.
The Trojans will head back to Calgary for their home opener against Medicine Hat College.
Players of the Game:
Trojans - #3 Bradley Atherton
Kodiaks - #5 Dave Low