DETROIT, Mich. -- A wild first half that showcased penalty kick goals for each team was only the beginning of an exciting contest that ended with a 3-2 overtime upset win for the Mustangs (5-7-1; 3-1-2 WHAC) over the first place Cornerstone University Golden Eagles (9-3-1; 6-1 WHAC).
The win resulted in the first conference loss for the Golden Eagles and their first loss since Sept. 19th against Saint Xavier University.
The Mustangs were able to get on the board first after Jad El-Zein (Tyre, Lebanon/Fordson) sent home a penalty kick after a Golden Eagle foul in the box. The 1-nil tally gave the Mustangs plenty of momentum as the home team outplayed the favored Golden Eagles for most of the first half.
In the 40th minute, the Golden Eagles got the call they were looking for when the Mustangs were called for a foul in the box. The ensuing penalty kick was made to even the game (1-1) at the half.
The second half started off strong for the Golden Eagles after a 47th minute goal put them ahead, 2-1. The Mustangs would fight back with a second half tally of their own when the WHAC's leading goal scorer, Jordan Berry (Dearborn, Mich./Crestwood), took a ball in the box in the 57th minute and beat the keeper in the upper 90 to knot the game up, 2-2.
The game would remain deadlocked at 2-2 and head to overtime.
In the extra period, Berry would strike again in the 96th with a rebound blast to the back of the net off of an Abdoullie Jallow (Bansang, The Gambia/Rust) shot that the keeper couldn't corral. The goal gave the Mustangs one of their most important victories in program history after knocking off a Golden Eagle team that was nearly ranked in the NAIA Top-25 and previously unbeaten in conference.
Freshman keeper Christian Bryant (Plymouth, Mich./Southfield Christian) came up huge in net for the Mustangs with an impressive 13 saves.
The Mustangs will continue conference play Wednesday (Oct. 17) at nearby UM-Dearborn. The contest will be played under the lights 7:00pm from Dearborn Edsel Ford High School.
GAME NOTES: After scoring the game-winner in overtime, senior forward Jordan Berry now has 16 goals on the season. The win over Cornerstone marked the first win in Marygrove history over any Golden Eagle team.