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Dobnys-Bennett product De Gyves scores golden-goal game-winner in 94th minute
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 20, 2014) - For the second time in as many matches, the ETSU men's soccer team earned a victory over a Conference USA opponent, defeating South Carolina in overtime, 2-1, Saturday night at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
The Bucs (4-2) also earned a 2-1 victory over Conference USA opponent FIU Tuesday night.
ETSU and South Carolina played to a scoreless draw through the first 83 minutes of action before redshirt junior Emmanuel Wilson (Memphis, Tenn.) converted a rebound inside the box to give the Bucs a 1-0 lead.
The Gamecocks (3-3), who were ranked No. 17 in the nation last week, took advantage of an ETSU own goal three minutes later to tie the match at 1-1, forcing overtime.
Just over three minutes into extra time, redshirt-freshman Jorge De Gyves (Queretaro, Mexico) collected a pass from senior co-captain Jeremy Saad (Sydney, Australia) and beat the Gamecocks' keeper, clinching the golden-goal victory for the Bucs.
The game-winner was the first collegiate goal for De Gyves, who was making his second career start. The Queretaro, Mexico native joined the Bucs as a walk-on last season.
With his family in attendance, De Gyves' game-winning goal will be a lasting memory for the redshirt freshman.
"I was speechless," De Gyves said. "I really couldn't believe it. It's a dream come true. Working hard and getting to play here is an honor and a blessing."
ETSU head coach Bo Oshoniyi shared De Gyves' excitement as he reflected on the hard work De Gyves has put in to reach this point.
"I'm just happy for him," Oshoniyi said. "He's come into preseason and worked hard. At the end of the spring, we didn't say that he had a spot for this year, and he's come in and earned it. For him to get the game-winner at home is great. I'm really happy for him."
The Buccaneers' fourth win of the season came in front of a home crowd of nearly 600, and in attendance were some ETSU Men's Soccer alumni who helped initially put the program on the map.
"We had a lot of alumni in town this weekend and I told the boys to try to play not for yourselves, but for ETSU and the guys who built this place before you," Oshoniyi said. "I think they showed that. We came in and imposed our will. We're a young team, but we took a big step forward tonight."
ETSU will face another difficult non-conference test as the Bucs travel to Rock Hill, S.C., to take on Winthrop Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 6:00 p.m.
Head Coach Bo Oshoniyi Postgame Interview:
Jorge De Gyves Postgame Interview:
PHOTOS: Click here to view a photo gallery of the match.
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