September 3, 2012
A LITTLE EXTRA
Hawks win cross town battle with CCSU
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – With his second goal of the evening, junior Anthony Santaga netted the game-winner in overtime to lead the University of Hartford to a 2-1 victory over Central Connecticut State at Al-Marzook Field on Monday evening.
With wins in their last two outings, the Hawks are now 2-2.
The crosstown derby was a physical battle played in front of a packed Alumni Stadium featuring 1,504 fans in attendance. The two teams combined for 34 fouls (17-17) while five yellow cards were issued during the 93-minute match.
Santaga and the Hawks wasted little time to get on the scoreboard as they took the 1-0 lead in the ninth minute. After intercepting a pass near the midfield line, Santaga went the distance, beating a pair of Central Connecticut defenders and eluding keeper Anthony Occhialini in the process. The goal was the first of the season for Santaga, who led the squad with six a year ago.
Central Connecticut tied it up at 1-1 in the closing seconds of that stanza. The Blue Devils, who worked the ball into Hawks’ 18-yard box, used a series of touch passes by Jesse Menzie and Stephen Walmsley to find Eddy Bogle in front of the net. A tap off the boot of Bogle was all the visiting squad needed to tie up the match in the 45th minute.
Despite allowing the late goal, rookie keeper Viltsu Tuumi had an impressive outing with a personal-best seven saves. After smothering back-to-back opportunities by the Blue Devils in the eighth minute of the first half, Tuumi was clutch down the stretch making rejections on two-straight shots in the 69th minute to prevent the go-ahead goal.
Both teams saw several scoring opportunities in the second half, but neither team could finish in regulation. In the third minute of extra time, Santaga provided the heroics after connecting on a perfectly placed feed from classmate David Bernhardsson.
Occhialini finished the match with three saves. The Blue Devils had a 14-11 edge in shots and led 7-1 in corner kicks.
The Hawks’ head to Philadelphia for their next two games. Hartford first plays Villanova on the home field of Penn University on Friday at 7:00 p.m. before taking on the Quakers on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.