Deerfield, Ill. – The Roosevelt men's soccer team earned its first-ever Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference win in dramatic fashion as freshman Ruben Estrada's golden goal gave the Lakers a 2-1 double-overtime victory at Trinity International on Saturday afternoon.
The triumph snapped an eight-match slide and pushed Roosevelt to 2-9-3 overall on the season and 1-6 in CCAC play. The Trojans slipped to 3-9-1, 0-7 in the league with the loss.
To collect their first conference win, the Lakers had to play a man down for the final five minutes of regulation and into overtime after freshman Leo Rodriguez collected his second yellow card on a tackle in the 85th minute. The two teams remained knotted at 1-1 through 90 minutes and Roosevelt held on as Trinity International had several quality scoring chances in the first extra session and the start of the second overtime.
With just two minutes left in the match the Lakers pushed forward and made the run pay dividends when Estrada volleyed home a pass from freshman Jonathan Medina into upper 90 of the goal from 20-plus yards out. It was Estrada's second goal of the season and Medina's first career assist.
Rodriguez, who was sent off late in the match, put Roosevelt on the scoreboard first, breaking open a scoreless affair when he bent a corner kick directly into the net in the 47th minute. That lead lasted for 13 minutes as the Trojans found the equalizer on the boots of Seth Erickson.
Freshman Jake Cigelnik started in goal for the Lakers and earned his second win of the year, making four saves in the process.
Roosevelt will look to continue its winning ways on Wednesday when it hosts Judson at Toyota Park at 4:00 p.m.