CINCINNATI -- A "win is a win," at least if you believe in classic sports adages. But after watching the University of Cincinnati men's soccer team secure a home victory over IUPUI Wednesday night it's clear some victories are more spectacular than others.
Tied at 1-all with only 4 seconds left in regulation, UC's Alan Rovira played a corner kick into the penalty box and past the outstretched leg of an IUPUI defender. Amazingly, the ball bounced its way onto the right foot of Ben Keane who one-timed the volley past the Jaguars goalkeeper and into the upper right corner of the net as time expired.
"They get it inside of the box -- and in the back of the net! Ben Keane scores as time expires!" exclaimed the Bearcats TV announcer as the game-ending play developed.
Keane followed up his heroics by sprinting out to the center of the pitch at UC's Gettler Stadium and diving onto the playing surface. That's where the sophomore was mobbed by his teammates who had swarmed off the bench after the game clock had officially hit quadruple zeroes and the Bearcats (4-9-1) had secured the 2-1 win.
The goal came seconds after a scramble in front of the net saw IUPUI desperately send a loose ball out over the end line to give UC its fourth corner kick of the match.
You can relive the action in the media player below:
While managing to prove one cliché wrong, Keane uttered one of his own after the contest to describe the last-second victory.
"Right place at the right time," said Keane, whose Bearcats surrendered the lead in the 86th minute when Jonny Williams headed in a throw-in from Clint Hoffar. UC initially took the lead in the eighth minute on a goal by Brad Miguel.
After the match Cincinnati students, Bearcat fans and even the university's colorful president, Santa Ono, took to social media in an effort to win the last-second goal its 15 minutes of fame via ESPN's daily Top 10 (plays).
"Shoutout to the @uofcincy Men's Soccer team for their last second win over IUPUI. #SCtop10 #HottestCollegeInAmerica," tweeted Ono via his Twitter handle (@PrezOno) after the video of the play had made its way to YouTube.
The fanfare was understandable, given the fact the victory snapped UC's three-match losing streak. It was also the team's first multi-goal game since a 2-1 overtime win over SIU Edwardsville on Friday, Sept. 13, a stretch of nine contests.
The Bearcats hope to create a few new highlights Saturday when they return to the home pitch to take on Belmont.
Do you think the goal merits a position in ESPN's top 10 plays? You can vote for it using the hashtag #SCtop10.
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