Nov. 12, 2004
MACON, Ga. - Senior and second-team all-conference honoree John Sobczak scored with 45 seconds remaining in the second overtime to give the No.1 seeded UCF men's soccer team a 2-1 victory over No. 4 Georgia State in the semifinals of the Atlantic Sun Championship at Bear Field.
The Golden Knights (9-6-2) will play the winner of the No.3 Mercer match at 7 p.m. on Saturday for the right to their third consecutive A-Sun Tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth.
The Panthers (9-8-1) got on the board first at 13:32 when Paul Schwak knocked the ball past junior tri-captain and goalkeeper Ryan McIntosh on a penalty kick from 13 yards out.
Sophomore defender Eric Loyd evened the score at 68:05 with his first collegiate goal, connecting on a cross from senior Adam Holden.
The Knights continued to lay on the offensive pressure forcing GSU goalkeeper Paulo Gutierrez to make five of his total seven saves in the final 18 minutes of regulation.
With two minutes remaining in the second overtime, freshman Scott Baron served the ball on a corner kick. The first shot from senior Xavier Delgado went wide. A minute later, Sobczak ended the game with his second goal of the year with an assist to sophomore tri-captain and all-conference honoree Alejandro Gessen.
On the night, UCF shot a season-high 33 saves and kept the Panthers to eight. Junior goalkeeper and two-time A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year McIntosh made two saves in the win.