Saints, Engineers play to 0-0 in men's soccer double overtime draw
The nationally-ranked #7 St. Lawrence University men's soccer team played to a 0-0 double overtime draw with Liberty League opponent Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Friday afternoon in Troy, NY. The Saints move to 11-1-1 overall with a 3-1-1 mark in the league, while RPI is now 7-3-3 overall and 3-1-1 in the league. Both teams remain tied in the standings.
Following a regulation in which both teams had good chances, St. Lawrence's senior goalkeeper Nate Goss-Woliner came up biggest in the first overtime when he kicked out a low shot with his left foot on a one-on-one situation with senior Adam Updegrove in the 95th minute.The Saints finished with a 20-11 edge in shots and a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks. RPI goalkeeper Rob Dewald made five saves, while Goss-Woliner stopped two shots.
St. Lawrence took the opening kick and immediately generated a scoring opportunity when a left-to-right cross went off RPI crossbar. The Saints maintained possession but could not get another quality chance in that flurry.
RPI had several chances of its own through the first 45 minutes, primarily coming down the right side, but their crosses were steered away by St. Lawrence defenders or went across the field. The Saints held a 6-3 advantage in first half shots, but the Engineers had the only two corner kicks of the first half.
The action in the second half was back-and-forth with St. Lawrence earning its first corner kick early on and RPI generating a chance off a free kick. The Engineers actually had two shots in the sequence, which came in the 57th minute, but Ryan Gracy's header was wide and Matt Koziol's attempt was high.
Senior forward Brian Gilloran answered with a shot on goal three minutes later but Dewald made the save. Three minutes later, Dewald followed with a finger-tip stop on a shot by first-year student Ozzy Morales that ended up going off the left post and out of bounds.
The best chance for either team to that point came in the 69th minute when St. Lawrence senior Will Congden had his long distance shot punched out by a scrambling Dewald. The ball went to Saints senior captain Sam DeMello but his attempt from roughly 15 yards away went wide of the right post.
The Saints play at Liberty League foe Union College at 2pm on Saturday.