Geneva Wins PAC Opener in OT

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Beaver Falls, PA - The Geneva College men′s soccer was anxiously awaiting its 2011 PAC opener. On Saturday, the Golden Tornadoes finally got their chance to play the school′s first game as a full member of the Presidents′ Athletic Conference. As it turned out, Geneva got more for its money with a double overtime 2-1 victory over Washington & Jefferson. The victory pushed Geneva′s overall record to 7-3-1 including a 1-0 mark within the conference.

It was freshman Jeremy Troutman who found the net for the Golden Tornadoes in the 102 minute of the match or with only eight minutes remaining on the overtime clock. On an assist from Jeb Nash, Troutman netted his second goal of the season.

Geneva got on the board first just seventeen minutes into the match on a goal from Nash. He took a long feed from Jake McCracken and made one defender miss before finding the net to give Geneva the lead. Despite dominating field position for the majority of the first half, Geneva allowed W & J to tie the score just seven minutes later.

Neither team was able to break the tie through the second half and into overtime before Troutman′s heroics. Evan Biedenbach picked up the victory in goal with four saves to his credit. Geneva out shot W & J 19-7 for the match but the President′s were kept breathing because of eight saves from its goalkeeper Pete Tomlinson.

Geneva will look for conference victory number two on Tuesday afternoon when it travels to Saint Vincent. The Golden Tornadoes return home next Saturday night for a date with Westminster at 7 pm.

Geneva College is a comprehensive Christian college of the arts, sciences and professional studies. Founded in the tradition of the Reformed Christian faith, Geneva prepares students to serve Christ in all areas of society: work, family and the church. Geneva College′s philosophy of education is based on the Foundational Concepts of Christian Higher Education. Geneva is a founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU).