Carlton Briscoe scored from 10 feet in the first overtime to give Howard a 1-0 victory over American in a Capital Collegiate Conference game before 450 yesterday at Howard Stadium.
Briscoe, who redirected Gerald Duggan's rolling pass across the crease, easily beat Eagles goalie Steve Giordano with a shot to the upper right corner at 96 minutes.
"We hadn't been passing too well, and I knew one goal would decide this game," Bison Coach Keith Tucker said. "After the goal, I just pulled eight men back on defense. One counterattack by them and they could have scored."
Despite the lack of scoring, both teams used exciting, wide-open offenses, playing the ball to all corners of the field. The Bison (2-0 in the league, 4-1-1 overall), who opted for looping passes into the box, outshot the Eagles (1-1, 6-2), 24-11. Howard held a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks.
American's passing controlled the tempo in the first half, freshman forward Scott Snyder and midfielder John Litwin working well on the right side. But in the next half, Howard pressed and, with Tucker making frequent substitutions, was able to pin the Eagles in their end.
Reserve forwards Phillip Gyau and Trey Black used sharp feeds from fullbacks Bancroft Gordon and Conrad Seymour to get off three shots on goal.
Howard goalkeeper Gilbert McPherson (six saves) and American's Giordano (nine saves) were both outstanding, and each repeatedly stopped point-blank shots with reflex moves. Giordano stopped Briscoe on a header from 10 feet midway through the first half and blocked Peter Prom's breakaway in the second half. McPherson came out to block Barry Henderson's breakaway run in the first half.