MB’s Arambula beats clock, FIU with his second score

uscsoccer-arambulawhiteWith just three seconds left to play, South Carolina (6-5, 1-2 C-USA) got its fifth and final goal to capture a 5-4 win at FIU (3-6-1, 0-3 C-USA) in a wild finish.

With the 10-second countdown on, the Gamecocks played one last ball into the box, and junior Ryan Arambula got the rebound on the back post and scored it for the victory after redshirt freshman Mikkel Knudsen’s shot was stopped.

Arambula, a standout at Myrtle Beach High, earlier netted the final equalizer of the night in the 82nd, tapping in a bouncing ball in the box that sophomore Ive Burnett sent down.

In the 77th, the Panthers’ Daniel Gonzalez found the back of the net from inside the six after Deshawon Nembhard sent the long cross toward him. FIU wasted no time in taking the lead again, getting it to 4-3 when Roberto Alterio finished the rebound from Gonzalez’s shot.

In the 49th minute, FIU captured its first lead on McFarland’s blast from just inside the 18. It took 20 minutes for South Carolina to hit the neutralizer, as junior Jeffrey Torda poked one over the line in traffic to make it 2-2. Three minutes later, the Gamecocks took advantage of a set piece, as sophomore Kurtis Turner drove a ball into the six, finding senior Mahamoudou Kaba, who headed it home to retake the lead 3-2.

The Gamecocks took a 1-0 lead when Knudsen took the a header from one of South Carolina’s midfielders and shot from the arc at the top of the box, sneaking the ball past the goalkeeper into the lower left corner of the goal in the 12th minute.

FIU leveled matters six minutes later as Quentin Albrecht polished off the thru ball from Alterio on a far-post shot for his sixth goal of the season. The Panthers held a 6-2 shot advantage in the first half.

Photo courtesy of USC Athletics

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