WATERVILLE, Maine – After 110 minutes of men's soccer battled at Smith Field on Saturday evening, Husson University (5-8-2, 3-1-1 NAC) and Thomas College (10-3-1, 4-0-1 NAC) rounded out the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) matchup at zeroes for a tie.
Playing through 90 minutes of action, neither team was able to finish the ball into the back of the net.
With a minute remaining in regulation, Paxton Oversmith attempts a sneaky flick backwards to an oncoming Eagle, but the Thomas defenders snuff out the shot attempt just as he pulls his leg back to release to bring 90 minutes of play to a close as the two teams continue the battle into overtime.
Halfway through the first ten minutes of golden goal overtime, Ian Lee evaded three defenders in the box maneuvering the ball just far enough past the final defender to make out a shot towards the far corner which was shut down by Jonathan Dutka in net as one of his teammates backed him up sweeping out the rebound.
With less than 90 seconds left on the clock in the first ten minutes of overtime, Rod Ghanayem rocked a shot at Dutka who dove for the save barely managing to kick the ball away from the net to prevent an Eagle from following up on his rebound.
Lee saw yet another scoring opportunity just minutes into the second round of overtime, aiming low and just inches away from the post as the ball escaped over the end line. Outshooting the Terriers, 3-2, throughout 20 extra minutes on the night both teams remained at a 0-0 stalemate to conclude the match.
"What an unbelievable game and what a performance," remarked Head Coach Gavin Penny. "The lads were top drawer today and are very unfortunate not to come away with three points. You have to tip a hat to the Thomas goalkeeper for some wordly stops to keep them in the game. I am very pleased with the way we played and it could be a very important point down the stretch here."
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Dutka tallied six saves on the night while Kyle Townsend recorded two saves in net for the Eagles.
Husson held the advantage in overall shots, 12-8, while Thomas had the edge in set pieces, 5-4, from the corner.
Husson men's soccer will once again be on the road this week as they venture to the University of Maine-Presque Isle for a 3:30 p.m. conference match on Wednesday, October 17th.