Carbonell’s two late goals preserves Eagles’ unbeaten season

Senior forward/midfielder Javier Carbonell scored two second half goals against a stout Old Dominion team to secure a tie in Sunday’s game. 

Kaitlin Sells

The Eagles finished their weekend in Virginia by making a last-minute comeback to earn a 2-2 tie against Old Dominion.

The Monarchs came out strong, scoring off a cross in the first two minutes of the game and then building their lead in the second half by scoring again to make the score 2-0.

Things weren’t looking too good for the Eagles as they entered the last 15 minutes of the match, but senior forward Javier Carbonell didn’t give up. The Spaniard scored in the 77 minute off a direct free kick right outside the box to cut the lead and get some momentum going for the Eagles.

Just three minutes later Carbonell struck again by heading a deep-thrown throw-in into the back of the net to tie the game with 10 minutes of regulation to go.

“When you’re down 2-0 with less than 15 minutes to go, you do anything just to get a foothold back in the match,” head coach John Murphy said to gseagles. “For us to come back and equalize, says a lot about our character.”

{{tncms-inline account=”Captain” html=”<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Wow. Javier Carbonell with two goals in desperation time has the Eagles tied at 2 with a man up and less than 10 minutes to go. Incredible <a href="https://twitter.com/GSAthletics_MSO?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GSAthletics_MSO</a></p>— Captain (@McclainBaxley) <a href="https://twitter.com/McclainBaxley/status/1033807875045580801?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 26, 2018</a></blockquote>” id=”https://twitter.com/McclainBaxley/status/1033807875045580801″ type=”twitter”}}

The game stayed locked at 2-2 for the rest of regular time. The home team became down a man after Deniz Dogan received his second yellow card of the match resulting in a red in the 80 minute of the game.

A last minute shot from freshman forward Adam Davie almost sealed the win for the Eagles, but just missed barely the goal by a couple of inches.

The game went into overtime and the Eagles had their chances but just weren’t quite about to grasp the win. In the waning moments, GS freshman goalkeeper Jokull Blaengsson made a diving save in overtime to ensure GS the tie.

“To come out of this weekend with a win and a draw, you have to be pleased,” Murphy said to gseagles. “We started six freshman and two sophomores. To get a good performance from such a young group bodes well for us.”

The next time the Eagles will be in action will be their home opener Friday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m. as the North Florida Ospreys visit Eagle Field.  

Kaitlin Sells, The George-Anne, [email protected]