The Central Connecticut State University men's soccer team fell to Bryant University 3-2 in its third double overtime game of the season on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Devils received goals from senior Raphael Guimaraes and sophomore Jared Spieker, as they fell to 6-3-1 on the season and dropped their first Northeast Conference game of the year.
After a scoreless first half the Bulldogs had outshot Central by a mark of 5-2 and recorded three corner kicks to CCSU's zero. Less than 15 minutes into the second period, Guimaraes got the Blue Devils on the board first with an unassisted goal that was struck perfectly into the upper right corner. The senior beat Bulldog goalkeeper Victor Tutino to put CCSU up 1-0 in the 60th minute.
Bryant tied the game just over two minutes later with an own goal by the Blue Devils. The Bulldogs then took their first lead of the game with a goal by Sean Reilly in the 80th minute. Sean Kaukus recorded an assist on the play.
Central countered with a tying goal of their own just more than two minutes later when Spieker finished off a free kick from junior Robert Cavener. There was no scoring in the final eight minutes of regulation and the two teams went to overtime tied 2-2.
In the fifth minute of the second overtime Bryant's Mike Dafonte won the game when he scored the game-winner off an assist from Matt Brown.
CCSU outshot Bryant 19-12 and recorded eight corner kicks to the Bulldogs' four in the game. Blue Devil goalkeeper Paul Armstrong made six saves, while Bryant's Tutino tallied five.
Central will next continue its road trip with another NEC game, taking on Sacred Heart on Friday October 16 at 7:00 p.m.