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Last second goal spoils Senior Day for Niagara men's soccer


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NIAGARA UNIV, N.Y. -- A last second goal upended the Niagara Purple Eagles in their final home game of the season on Saturday.  

After a toothless first half, the game sprung to action in the second half. As both teams created goal scoring chances, it was the Gaels who stole the victory with a goal with 21 seconds left in regulation.


  • Hector Solorio Villapando had Niagara's first shot with a long range effort that went wide of the post in the 38th minute.
  • Steve Casey made two quick point blank saves in the 38th and 39th minutes to keep the Gaels off the scoreboard.
  • In the 52nd minute, Bautista Pedezert had his shot on goal saved.  
  • Casey made key saves in the 79th and 85th minutes to deny Iona.
  • Luca Pachecho had two scoring chances in the final minutes. His efforts were saved in 88th and 89 minutes.
  • 26 seconds after Pachecho's shot was saved, Iona grabbed the game-winner when Killiam Colombie sent in his cross into the box to Esad Mackic who hit a half-volley into the inside post.  


  • Steve Casey made five saves in goal in his final collegiate game.
  • Luca Pacheco had a team-high two shots on goal.


  • The Purple Eagles conclude their regular season on Wednesday, October 31 versus Marist at 2 p.m. 

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