EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Despite 18 shots, including 11 in the second half, SIUE men's soccer dropped a 2-1 double overtime contest to Oral Roberts Saturday at Korte Stadium.
SIUE has now lost three in a row and dropped to 3-6. Oral Roberts broke a three-game losing streak and improved to 3-4-1.
"Honestly we played well," SIUE Head Coach Mario Sanchez said. "We created the most we have all season. We missed some that we needed to put away."
Dante Brigida took a short through ball from Jose Castro and, with SIUE goalkeeper Kyle Dal Santo racing off his line, Brigida hit a low shot into the back of the net for the game-winner with 1:08 to play in the second overtime period.
"You have to commend our guys' effort," Sanchez said. "They absolutely left everything on the field from start to finish."
After a scoreless first half, SIUE controlled possession throughout much of the second half. The Cougars had several near-misses, including a shot from Eric Tejada which skipped off the crossbar and a shot from Devyn Jambga which hit the post.
"When you don't put away your chances you let teams stick around," Sanchez said. "Unfortunately right now it is biting us."
The Golden Eagles' broke the deadlock in the 70th minute. Tarik Nicholls found Santiago Riveros just outside the box. Riveros curled a shot inside the far post from the top corner of the penalty area to give ORU a 1-0 lead.
Jorge Gonzalez finally broke through in the 82nd minute to level the score for the Cougars. Tejada spun a cross into the box and Gonzalez ran on for the finish from six yards out and his second goal of the year.
Gonzalez finished with a game-high seven shots and four on goal.
"Jorge and Tejada had great games," Sanchez said. "You can see their quality. You have to feel for Jorge only having two goals so far this season because he easily could have six or seven goals at this point in the season."
ORU goalkeeper Thibaut Giquel made five saves in the win. Dal Santo made two saves for SIUE.
SIUE returns to the field Tuesday when Milwaukee comes to Korte Stadium for a 7 p.m. game.
"We're starting to see some good stuff," Sanchez said. "We're playing better and the effort was tremendous. We have to turn around and get ready for the next one."