Saints, Golden Eagles men's soccer draw in showdown of nationally-ranked foes
The nationally-ranked St. Lawrence University men's soccer team, ranked 20th in the national polls, played to a scoreless draw with #15 Brockport on Saturday afternoon at Sandy MacAllaster Field. The Saints owned the majority of scoring chances but were unable to cash in, despite playing the final 16:16 up a man.
The Saints (3-1-1) closed with a 10-7 advantage in shots and a 7-1 lead in corner kicks. However, the Golden Eagles (4-0-1) played solid defense in the box while keeper Casey Sullivan made five saves."I thought we played well, guys stepped up and we were able to keep the possession throughout much of the game despite missing two starters," said St. Lawrence head coach Bob Durocher. "We had a few good opportunities and just couldn't capitalize on one of them."
St. Lawrence nearly took the lead in the early minutes, as Morgan Smith fired a shot that just sailed over the cross bar. Jamal Samaroo then took a feed from Mark Provost and rifled a hard shot that Sullivan managed to keep from getting behind him.
Brockport would generate a few offensive chances as well, most of them coming in counterattacks. The Golden Eagles almost scored the elusive goal on a pair of tries for Peter DiLorenzo, who narrowly missed a shot wide of the far post from inside the box on an outstanding run.
The Saints would pile up possession time in the second half, leading to two terrific chances to win the game on set pieces. A long outlet pass to the post was narrowly missed by a charging striker with 17:53 to play, and Smith fired a rocket from just outside the 18 that the keeper snagged with 8:10 to go in the stanza.
Nearly all of the 20:00 minute overtime period was in the Brockport end of the field following a red card to Dan Turchan. Despite four corner kicks in the final 10:00 minutes, St. Lawrence was unable to solve Sullivan and walked away with a 0-0 draw.
Junior keeper Aaron Costello made three saves for the Saints, who will be in action again on Friday, September 20 when the team hosts SUNY Potsdam at 4:00pm.