MSOC: Huskies send seniors in style with golden goal win


HOUSTON – The HBU men’s soccer team took gold in a 1-0 2OT thriller against Chicago State at Sorrels Field on Saturday night.

The Huskies (4-14-0, 2-9-0 WAC) and Cougars (2-13-3, 0-9-2 WAC) both played excellent defense in the first half, stopping almost all of the opposition attacks. Both teams managed to stay clear of the scoreboard, and either team’s only shot was on target when HBU Bangelee sesay sent a shot to the lower left corner of the net, but Cougars goaltender Joe Bowles was there for the save.

The second half was about the same for both teams. This time the state of Chicago looked good, when in the 58e minute Florian Ouaddour and Toluwalase Oladeinbo both sent shots on goal but goalkeeper Husky Ciro Calderon was there for the stops. The only shot the Huskies were able to land on target was with a few seconds left in the half, Sebastien cochrane sent a ball to the side near midfield that a leaping Bowles was able to save to send the game into overtime tied, 0-0.

Chicago State was the aggressor in the first overtime period. They managed to hold the ball for most of the 10-minute period and put an end to any attack the Huskies could put in place. In the 94e and 97e minutes, Enrique Zamora sent shots on target, but Calderon was there to keep the Huskies going 0-0. The second overtime was all about the Huskies. In the 108e minute, Abu Kamara sent in a cross but CJ Smith attempt to dive for the finish was not enough. In the 110e minute, on a Chicago State turnover in their third offense, Karama dribbled across the field until he reached the corner of the box and sent a cross that found Smith who touched him at Nathan Karmbor for the golden goal.

For the game, the Huskies led 13-10 in shots while the Cougars led in shots on goal, 5-3 and corner kicking opportunities, 4-2. HBU’s Calderon made five saves on the night and managed to keep his clean sheet while the Cougars’ Bowles made two saves.

Senior graduates:

First, a forward from Brampton, Ontario, Canada, CJ Smith. CJ started all 17 games he appeared in in his lone season at HBU and totaled 1,131 minutes played. For the season, CJ scored five goals including two against Huston-Tillotson on September 10e. CJ has had three assists this season, including two against Utah Valley on October 24e and one coming up on the golden goal tonight against Chicago State. His penalty shootout percentage is a whopping 0.625. CJ will graduate in sociology next May.

Second, a defender from Katy, Texas, Felipe Latorre. Felipe was escorted to the field this evening by his mother, Paula Mendez, his father, Jorge Latorre, his brother, José Latorre, and his aunt, Myriam Mendez. In two seasons with the Huskies, Felipe started in six games and appeared in 17 for a total of 618 minutes played. Off the pitch, Felipe was a member of the All-WAC Academic team in 2020 and will graduate in biology next May.

Next, a forward from Katy, Texas, Nick coburn. Nick was escorted to the field by his mother, Maria Fernanda Coburn, his father, Edward Coburn, and his brother Sebastian. In four seasons at HBU, Nick started 17 games and played in 33 games, totaling 1,514 field minutes. He has two career goals, both in his debut season and four assists. Off the pitch, Nick was a member of the Academic-All WAC teams in 2018 and 2019. He will graduate in December with a Business Management Diploma.

Finally, a striker from Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela, Gianluca Natera. Gianluca was escorted onto the pitch tonight by his mother Gabriella Montanari, father Ivan Natera and brother Chris Natera. In five seasons with the Huskies, he started in 48 games and appeared in 62 games. He has scored 12 times and is tied for 10e of all time with 13 assists. He played on 8e most minutes in HBU men’s football history with 4,700 minutes and is only the 2sd male soccer player has been a five-time letter winner. Off the pitch, Gianluca was a member of the Academic All-WAC team from 2017-2020 and will graduate in December with a degree in International Business.

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