AMERICUS - The Georgia Southwestern men's soccer tandem of Silvio Polly and Isaac Avila struck twice in the final 11 minutes of Wednesday's come-from-behind, 3-2, overtime victory against Clayton State University at Hurricane Field. Polly punched in both goals with Avila providing the assists.
Southwestern snaps a five-match losing streak and improves to 2-8-1 overall this fall, 1-4 in the Peach Belt Conference, while Clayton State slipped to 2-10, 0-5 in conference play. It was only the second win for GSW over the Lakers in 11 meetings.
Clayton State put GSW in a hole early as Kevin Otokore scored in the 11th minute off an assist from Will Summerfield. The Lakers took their 1-0 lead into the halftime break.
Otokore turned around and provided the assist on the second Laker goal as he pushed the ball through GSW's defense to find Waynee Hyman standing at the far post for a quick tap in at the 58:20 mark.
GSW cut the lead in half in the 79th minute when Chase Cantrell spun behind the Clayton State defense and beat the keeper down the middle inside the 18 off a ball placed by Brennan Bauschka for his first collegiate goal.
Polly provided the equilizer in the 86th minute.
The Hurricanes carried their momentum into the extra session and in the 97th minute Avila delivered a cross from the right side that found Polly in front of the 6-yard box and set up the victory. Avila has provided an assist on four of Polly's eight goals this season. Polly, Southwestern's all-time leading scorer, sits atop the Peach Belt with 20 points this fall.
GSW finished with a lead in most stat categories, including a 27-18 advantage in shots and a 7-6 edge in corner kicks.
Joshua Swift made seven saves for the Hurricanes and Leuri Fraire stopped 10 for Clayton State.
GSW returns to action on Wednesday against North Georgia at 3:30 p.m.