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Karmala Golden Goal Lifts Panthers Past Shenandoah

Juho Karmala scored the walk-off goal in overtime for the Panthers.
Juho Karmala scored the walk-off goal in overtime for the Panthers.

WINCHESTER, Virginia -- Ferrum College used the full 90 minutes and then some to sting the Hornets of Shenandoah University on the road Saturday evening. Juho Karmala's goal in the 98th minute proved to be difference for the Panthers in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference affair.

Ferrum (7-3, 1-1 ODAC)
Shenandoah (4-7, 0-2 ODAC)

It was the Panthers that were able to strike first in this one, as Felipe Artega found the back of the net in the 28th minute to propel the Panthers to the early 1-0 advantage. Ferrum would head into the locker room for the break with the same 1-0 score line.

Shenandoah was able to draw the match even early in the last stanza, as Jack Meixner broke through the Ferrum defense and got the Hornets on the board in the 56th minute. Gerald Bonsu would be shown his second yellow of the match just seconds later, and the Panthers would be forced to play with ten men for the remainder of the match. The match would stay knotted at 1-1 until the end of regulation. 

Sudden death play would end up determining the match, as Juho bested the Hornet keeper and found the back of the net to walk it off on Shenandoah just eight minutes into the first overtime period. Karmala's goal would earn the Panthers their first win in ODAC play.

Daniel Golden earned the win as the Panther netminder, playing all 98 minutes and recording six saves. Michael Romeo took the loss for Shenandoah, notching four saves in the net for the Hornets.

"Myself and my staff are unbelievably proud of the lads today after a huge ODAC win. The guys worked their socks off and got what they deserved. To win away from home on their homecoming shows the character this squad has. Also, thanks to the traveling fans and alumni who came to support us today. It means so much to the lads and myself." --Head Coach Enda Crehan

Coach Crehan's squad will be back in action Wednesday, October 9 for a home contest, welcoming the Roanoke College Maroons to Penn-Roediger Field for an ODAC matchup. Game time is set for 4 p.m.