Maryville College's Randy Reichenberger tallied a Golden Goal on Saturday night in double overtime, as the senior forward celebrated Senior Night with a USA South Western Division clinching victory.
Reichenberger's heroics in the 105th minute gave Maryville a 1-0, double-overtime win over William Peace University. The victory gave the Scots the Western Division Regular Season Title outright, as they not have claimed back-to-back-to-back regular season crowns.
"It was a pretty special moment for Maryville," Head Coach Pepe Fernandez said. "You know, you go that late, and a tie doesn't do you any good or change anything hardly. You have to have a win, and then, you have a senior on Senior Night and Homecoming score a Golden Goal pretty late in the game. It's a pretty special moment for him, and it's a pretty special moment for our team and the program."
Aaron Rucker posted a shot in the box, as the Pacer's Jacob Smith deflected it away. Reichenberger collected the rebound and lofted a slow, bouncing shot over the keeper for the win in the 105th minute.
He celebrated with a slide across the wet infield, before his teammates dogpiled him.
"I wanted to do that from the start of the game," Reichenberger said after the match. "When we circled up before the game, I said, 'We're gonna score. We're gonna slide, and we're gonna celebrate.' It worked out that way for us.
Ryan Jorgensen – this week's USA South Defensive Player of the Week – recorded a trio of saves on the night. He had a key save in the first overtime to preserve the victory at the 104:39 mark.
Reichenberger scored his second Golden Goal in the last three games, as he posted one in overtime against Methodist last weekend to keep MC's championship hopes alive.
"That's pretty crazy," Fernandez said. "I don't know that we've ever had somebody score two Golden Goals in three games. I'd be hard pressed to believe that we've had that before. They're pretty rare, anyway. It just shows that Randy just has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. He's played wide for us most of his career, and since we put him in the middle, he's kind of changed things around for us."
Reichenberger had four shots on the night with a trio on goal against the Pacers.
On the season, this Hendersonville, Tenn. native has five goals and a trio of assists. He has 13 points with 17 shots on goal during the 2018 campaign. Reichenberger has a trio of game-winning scores, including his two Golden Goals.
In 61 career matches, the Hendersonville High School product had 14 goals and 15 assists. He has 43 career points and seven game-winning scores in his four years.
Reichenberger looks to lead the Scots into the USA South Tournament first round on Tuesday night, as they Scots host LaGrange College on MC's home pitch. First touch for the tournament match is slated for 6 p.m.