After trailing by two goals in the second half on Friday night, the Raven men's soccer team rallied to push their 2012 season opener against Jamestown (ND) College into a golden goal period.
During the 96th minute of play, Jamestown's Jade Johnson was able to beat two Raven defenders and hand No. 19 Benedictine (0-1-0) and 3-2 loss to start of the season.
"I liked the fight in the team," said head coach Rob Herringer. "I liked the fact that they fought back and that is a good sign that we have a good squad here and they weren't willing to step down and accept defeat.
"I think that we played some good soccer at times. We had a lot of good chances. We created a lot of good chances and now we have to work on finishing those chances."
Benedictine gave up an early goal when Jamestown's George Gauld scored during the 3rd minute of play.
The score remained at 1-0 Jamestown through the half, despite the Ravens holding a 8-3 advantage in shots at halftime.
In the second half, Jamestown added a second goal during the 57th minute to take a 2-0 lead with just over 33 minutes left to play.
Benedictine netted its first goal of the 2012 season on a combo of headers during the 62nd minute of play.
Travis Urie (Soph., Denver) headed a centering pass towards the right post where Alex Lawrence (Sr., Overland Park) was able to put his head on the pass from Urie and push the ball past Jamestown keeper Thomas Cooke.
Benedictine seized the momentum and during the 89th minute, Kenneth Clarizio (Soph., Denver) was able to break away down the middle third and beat Cooke on the left post to even the game at 2-all.
The Ravens continued to apply pressure for the remainder of the second half but despite several last-minute chances, couldn't push anything past Cooke as the game headed to extra time.
In the first golden goal period, Johnson was able to capitalize on a break away and was able to beat Raven keeper Taylor Vinnage (Soph., Overland Park) for the game-winning goal.
Benedictine finished with a 18-11 advantage in shots and held a 8-7 advantage in shots on goal as Cooke finished with six saves.
Vinnage finished with three saves, playing the entire game in net for the Ravens.
"We need to work on picking ourselves up from this and focus on finding our positive game again," said Coach Herringer.
Benedictine returns to the field on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. as they host NCAA Div. II nationally-ranked Rockhurst University.