By Bud Denega
TIFFIN — The Ohio Northern men's soccer team got back on track Wednesday in Tiffin. The Polar Bears snapped their two-game losing streak, toppling Heidelberg 2-1 in overtime.
Sophomore Levi King (Indianapolis/North Central) provided the heroics for Northern. He netted his team-leading ninth goal of 2019 in the 94th minute off an assist from junior Beelal Hasan (Worthington).
The victory improved ONU to 12-4-1 on the season and 4-2-0 in Ohio Athletic Conference play. The loss dropped the Student Princes to 3-10-1 overall and 1-5-0 in conference.
Sophomore Seth Gundlach (Wilmington) opened the scoring in the ninth minute. He scored his seventh goal of the season, unassisted, which staked the Polar Bears to an early 1-0 advantage.
Heidelberg recorded the equalizer in the 59th minute. Jarod Chavez scored off a feed from Kyle Morton, which knotted the game at 1-1.
Northern may have only won by a goal, but it dominated the game. The Polar Bears registered 18 shots, 13 on target, and Heidelberg had just four shots, three of which were on frame.
King boasted four shots on goal, while Hasan, Gundlach and Keagan Shapiro (Liberty Township/Lakota East) had two apiece.
ONU sophomore goaltender John Lombardo (Solon) made his 53rd and 54th save of the season.
The win also improved Northern to 2-0-1 in overtime games this season.
The Polar Bears remain on the road and travel to Capital Saturday for a 7 p.m. contest.