ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Carleton men's soccer team scored a huge, clutch victory in its only game of the week to clinch a bid to the 2013 MIAC Men's Soccer Playoffs. Sophomore Branden McGarrity (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) continued to showcase his scoring skills and clutch play with the game-winning goal in the final seconds of a 1-0 overtime win at Concordia. For his performance, McGarrity was named the MIAC Men's Soccer Athlete-of-the-Week for the second week in a row.
With time winding down in overtime and tie appearing imminent, the Knights were awarded a corner kick, and McGarrity headed in the corner kick just before time expired to give his team a huge win and a trip to the conference postseason tournament. It was his fifth game-winner of the season, which is tied for the most in the MIAC. His seven goals in conference play lead the MIAC and his 10 overall goals - all coming in the last 11 games - are tied for third in the league. In less than two full seasons, McGarrity now has 29 career goals, which is the second-best total in school history.
Thanks to the dramatic victory, Carleton improved to 12-1-3 overall and 6-1-1 in conference play, with 19 points to remain in a second-place tie in the MIAC standings, and it is one of three teams to clinch a MIAC Playoff bid. McGarrity and his teammates close the regular season with a pair of huge games this week - both on the road - as they travel to St. Thomas Tuesday for a 3:30 p.m. showdown, and Saturday they head across town to take on fellow MIAC Playoff qualifier St. Olaf at 1 p.m.