The Wells College men's soccer team rallied from an early deficit and scored a late game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Utica College on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the Wells Turf Field. Wells is 4-2-2 on the season and Utica is 1-8-0.
The winning goal was scored by Benjamen Schanbacher on a direct kick with 3:55 remaining in the second half. The free kick was set up by a weaving run through the midfield by Jesse Constantino, who picked up the ball in the defensive third for Wells, carried it past three or four Utica midfielders, and was taken down by a hard foul about 28 yards from the net. The Utica player was carded, and the direct kick was awarded to Wells. Schanbacher drove a low, curling strike past the Utica goalkeeper.
Wells has won three consecutive games, and in all three the winning goal came in the late stages of the second half.
Utica opened the scoring in the ninth minute on a curling shot from Marcel Dupuis that wrapped inside the left post from about 30 yards away.
The Express tied the game in the 52nd minute as Carlos Valdivieso carried the ball into the box, and his shot beat the Utica goalkeeper. It was the first goal of the season for Valdivieso.
Utica held a slim 19-16 advantage in shots. Wells goalkeeper Owen May had six saves.
Wells returns to North Eastern Athletic Conference play this weekend with a Saturday game at Wilson College and a Sunday match at Gallaudet University.