CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Sunday, November 14, 2010
After his club fell behind early, Michigan native Josh Gatt notched the late game-winning goal for Altach, narrowing the gap on the top spot of the Austrian Erste Liga to just three points.
Altach coach Adi Hütter included the 19-year old in his starting eleven and saw his decision pay off with Gatt's 79th minute clincher.
The guests got off on the wrong foot when Martin Zivny headed Hartberg into the lead after only 10 minutes. Emir Adilovic set up the goal, delivering in a 30-yard free kick for the Czech defender to nod past Martin Kobras from a few yards in front of the net for the 1-0 lead.
Altach's Andreas Simma responded with a carbon copy header at the half-hour mark. This time coming off of a Patrick Scherrer corner from the right side, the 6 foot-4 defender rose for the easy equalizer from a few yards out past Patrick Gößlbauer.
Gatt stole the spotlight and notched his second goal of the season late in the second half after scooping in the remains of an Altach attack. From top of the area Orhan Ademi found Scherrer at the left edge of the goal box for a shot at Gößlbauer, who couldn't get a handle on the strike. Gatt was there in Scherrer's trail for the right-footed tap past the Hartberg netminder for the 2-1 advantage and win.
With the win the Black and Golds stretch their undefeated streak to six games and inch up the standings to 42 points. Hütter's squad currently sit three points behind the league-leading FC Admira, losers this weekend to RZ WAC/St. Andrä and Altach's opponent next Friday at the Cashpoint Arena.