September 14, 2016
Wright, Yeboah lead way as Catamounts best Bryant in OT
SMITHFIELD, R.I. -- Brian Wright and Bernard Yeboah, the NCAA’s highest-scoring duo, combined on two goals as Vermont took a 3-2 extra time win over Bryant Wednesday night.
The Catamounts (6-1-0), playing with a numerical advantage for most of the second half, squandered a two-goal lead before Yeboah converted a Wright feed in the 102nd minute, Yeboah’s eighth goal and Wright’s NCAA-leading ninth assist of the season.
"I thought we started poorly, but made a few adjustments and worked past their physicality to give ourselves the advantage and the lead," Vermont coach Jesse Cormier said. "Then, in the second half, Bryant intensified, scored early and went fully direct, which changed the game into a dogfight. In the end, we found a way, but there are plenty of things to do better and improve for an undefeated Marist team (Saturday), which beat Dayton, and is making noise in the national rankings."
The Catamounts took a 2-0 halftime lead as Wright converted his fifth goal of the season with a right-footer short side past Nick Stewart (10 saves) off a give-and-go with Yeboah in the 30th minute, then senior Shane Haley scored his first goal of the season, a low volley from the top of the penalty area, off a Wright assist.
Bryant (0-6-0) cut the deficit on a 49th-minute goal by Nathaniel Brown, who curled a 30-yarder into the lower right corner of the net past Aron Runarsson. In the 61st minute, the Bulldogs’ Derek Blanchette was red-carded, but Bryant stayed on the attack, having a goal disallowed for offside before tying the score as James Cochrane flicked a header into the right side of the net off a long free kick for his first career goal in the 70th minute.
Wright set up the deciding goal by taking a touch along the end line on the right, then centering to Yeboah at the top of the goal area, Yeboah holding off a defender and first-timing to the near post for his third game-winning goal.