Dave Drafton (Alexandria, Va./Howard Gardner) had the final say in a game full of goals, scoring the game-winner in the 106th minute of EMU's 4-3 double overtime win over Randolph College Tuesday night in Harrisonburg.
The wild contest featured three goals in a span of just 2:33 early in the game, and five scores in the opening 23 minutes.
Eastern Mennonite improves to 4-4-1 overall, but more importantly 2-0-0 in the ODAC. Randolph's soccer men slip to 2-3-3/1-1-1 ODAC.
The offensive fireworks got an unlikely start in the fifth minute from EMU goalie Emmanuel Kampanga (Kinshasa, Congo/American School). The senior launched a goal kick to the offensive third, where a streaking Jesus Trejo (Winchester, Va./John Handley) took it off one bounce and drilled it into the opposite corner for a 1-0 lead and a rare assist from his own keeper.
The WildCats made a quick strike back, however, getting an equalizer from Adam Watson just 2:02 later.
Eastern Mennonite needed only 21 seconds to respond, getting another goal from Trejo, this time assisted by Erik Peachey (Lititz, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite). Seven minutes later, Peachey found gold, getting a nice touch from Joshua Chiquillo (Woodbridge, Va./Gar-Field) and putting a rocket into the net for a 3-1 lead.
Randolph proved their own firepower in the 23rd minute when Frankie DiOrio stuck in a rebounded shot.
The visitors kept up the attack, attempting 14 more shots in their search for another equalizer. Finally, on the 15th shot with just 3:44 remaining in regulation, Watson struck again, locking up the score at 3-3.
Both teams had great looks in the extra time, including back-to-back corners for EMU in the 99th minute. Trejo nearly put in a weakside header on the first attempt and the second ended with an EMU foul.
In the second OT, Randolph had a great chance after an EMU foul on the right corner of the box, but a low-driven free kick turned into the Royals' decisive counterattack.
Drafton picked up the ball well shy of midfield and took off on a 3-on-2 break with Carlos Flores-Melgar (Woodbridge, Va./Gar-Field) on his left and Caleb Oakes (Waynesboro, Va./Stuarts Draft) on his right. Just outside of the Randolph box, Drafton made a quick flick to the left of his defender, blew past him, and then used his right foot to tap around the keeper for the game-winner.
The WildCats ended with a 26-15 advantage in shots, but Kampanga made a handful of big plays en route to his seven saves.
The Royals hit the road this weekend, playing a Friday night game at Roanoke College. Start time in 7:00pm in Salem, Va.