The Spring Hill College men's soccer team (4-6-2) stunned the No. 16 ranked Shorter College Hawks with a 2-2 double-overtime tie at Library Field on Sunday afternoon.
The first half of the match was a defensive struggle as both teams played a physical and punishing style of play, but the Badgers drew first blood with an unassisted goal by freshman midfielder Gable Fortune of St. Louis, Mo., in the 51st minute.
Senior forward Sean Simpson of St. Louis seemed to salt away the contest when he scored in the 86th minute of play off an assist by freshman midfielder Noah Tomko from Pensacola, Fla.
Shorter proved why they are a top ranked team, however, as they regrouped and scored two goals with less than two minutes remaining in the match. The first came at the 88:37 mark when Robert Whitnell scored off a penalty kick. Whitnell then tied the game just 21 seconds later as he accepted the ball off a throw-in from out of bounds and then negotiated his way along the right side of the goal to hit a crossing shot past the diving SHC keeper, sophomore Dan Criscione of Maplewood, Mo.
Both teams had opportunities to score in the two overtimes, but both goalkeepers played extremely well with each making three saves in the extra periods.
For the game, Shorter out shot SHC 21-17 and took five corner kicks to four corners for the Badgers. Criscione made eight saves while Jonathon Paletar stopped four shots for the Hawks.
The Badgers will host Trevecca Nazarene University in a non-conference match on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. on Library Field.