Al-Gashamy's Golden Goal Lifts Gardner-Webb To 3-2 Win over Presbyterian Wednesday Night

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BOILING SPRINGS – Ali Al-Gashamy scored his third game-winner of the season in the 102nd minute Wednesday night to lift Gardner-Webb to a 3-2 win over Presbyterian.

Al-Gashamy's golden goal was his ninth of the season and came off a pass from David Koloko. Al-Gashamy put the cross into the back left corner.

Gardner-Webb (4-11-1, 2-5-1 Big South) led 2-1 at intermission, but saw the Blue Hose (4-4 Big South) tie the score with 56:06 on the clock. Presbyterian's Cade Crow put home a Steven Huppe assist for the equalizer. It was Crow's fifth tally of the season.

The Blue Hose took an early lead via the benefit on an own goal in the 19th minute, but Gardner-Webb worked up a response as halftime neared.

Al-Gashamy evened the score at the 41:21 mark, scoring off a free kick for his eighth goal of 2016.

Less than four minutes later the Runnin' Bulldogs had the lead. Isak Reinhardsen found Marvin Mendy open, and Mendy connected on his third goal of the season just 15 seconds before the half (44:45) – providing plenty of momentum for the home side.

After Crow knotted the score in the second half, neither team would be able to find the net until Al-Gashamy struck in the second overtime period.

Gardner-Webb held a 22-17 shooting advantage, with eight of those on frame. The two teams combined for 26 fouls, with the Blue Hose whistled for 15.

Al-Gashamy and Koloko each had five shots to pace Gardner-Webb, with four of Al-Gashamy's chances – including two goals – on frame. Severin Soerlie added three shots (two on goal) and Magnus Moldjord and Hunter Frey each had two shots each. Mendy (one goal) put each of his two shots on frame.

Presbyterian got three shots each from Crow (one goal), Yacine Tchemmoun and Matt Motakef.

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