American entered yesterday's game against Howard prepared to show it was ready to replace the Bison as D.C.'s best college soccer team. The 15th-ranked Eagles, who have not been to the NCAA playoffs since 1985, were fresh off last week's victory over Maryland. Howard, an NCAA quarterfinalist last year and 1988 finalist, was struggling.

But the Bison (3-4-1) thwarted the Eagles (8-2) with a 1-0 overtime victory at Greene Stadium.

With less than five minutes remaining in the final overtime period, Bison freshman Kona Hislop collected Monday Kanu's pass at the top of the penalty area. The left-footed Hislop, with his back to the goal, turned and fired a right-footed shot at goalie David Urbach.

Urbach made the initial stop, but the ball trickled out of his hands and into the net. Urbach began the game as the nation's leading goalie, with a 0.22 goals-against average.

"I turned and I didn't see anyone around," said Hislop, "so I just decided to shoot." Kona Hislop, the brother of junior goalie Shaka, leads the Bison with three goals this season. The goal at 115:30 broke a 265-minute scoreless string for the Bison.

Howard pressed the attack from the start of the second half, and its defense did not allow a shot on goal after the first period. Shaka Hislop had to make only one save in the game.

Howard started the season by losing its first three games, due in good part to the political turmoil in Trinidad and Tobago this summer. The country is home to eight Bison players, and they arrived on campus only one day before the first team scrimmage.