CLEVELAND, Tenn. ----- Freshman Agust Arnarson posted his first career hat trick, including the game-winning goal with 7:25 remaining in double overtime, to lead the No. 6 Auburn University at Montgomery men's soccer team past Lee University, 3-2, Thursday at the Lee Soccer Field.
With the win, the Warhawks improved to 10-2-1 on the season and 5-1 in Southern States Athletic Conference play. The Flames fell to 7-5-1 overall and 3-4 in league matches.
"I thought we were sluggish and slow to start the game," head coach Wulf Koch said. "We made an adjustment by bringing in Christian Holthaus and he really gave us a spark. We were too casual again to start the second half and were raddled for a while. I have to give credit to the team for never giving up and fighting to the end. I think that we need to work to get better mentally as individuals, so we can function better as a unit."
Arnarson scored the deciding goal in the 102nd minute, when he gained possession off a misplayed cross by the Flames. Arnarson netted the unassisted goal by beating Lee goalkeeper Tom Halsall at the 102:35 mark of the match.
In addition to putting in the game winner, Arnarson also erased a late second-half deficit, scoring with 2:25 remaining in regulation to force overtime. On the play, Arnarson scored on a one-time off a cross from senior Angel Gonzalez to tie the score at 2-2.
The Kopavogur, Iceland, native also put the Warhawks on the board in the 31st minute of the contest. Making his first appearance of the year, junior Christian Holthaus assisted on the goal.
Lee took the lead in the second half when Sias Reyneke scored twice in a span of 4:49, giving the Flames a 2-1 advantage with 21:04 remaining in the contest.
For the contest, AUM held a 19-16 lead in total shots, but just a 6-5 lead in shots on goal. Sophomore Elvar Sigurdsson led all players with seven shots, while Arnarson added five. Gonzalez chipped in three shots.
Junior Vignir Johannesson allowed both goals, but stopped three shots to post his ninth victory of the season in goal.
The Warhawks will return to action on Saturday, when they host No. 10 Southern Poly in the NAIA Men's Soccer Game of the Week. The contest against the Hornets is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m.