Sept. 16, 2006
EASTON, Pa. - Larry Mark (Beltsville, Md./DeMatha Catholic) scored in the 58th minute to give the American University men's soccer team a 1-0 lead over host Lafayette College in a rematch of last season's Patriot League Championship Game, but the Leopards managed to get the equalizer at the 74-minute mark and send the game to overtime, where it ended in a 1-1 tie Saturday at Bourger '44 Field.
American was seeking redemption after losing 1-0 to the Leopards in last season's PL title tilt, and it looked good early in the second stanza for the Eagles. After a scoreless first period - during which the two teams combined for just 10 shots - in the 58th minute Mark corralled a loose ball outside of the box and dribbled into the box, beating the keeper for his team-leading fourth goal of the season.
However, Thomas Harju's corner kick in the 74th minute found Scott Hawkins head, and Hawkins' shot eluded Eagle `keeper Chris Sedlak (Valrico, Fla./Bloomingdale) to knot things up at one goal a piece. Despite the one miscue, Sedlak was solid in net all night, making three saves.
American had more second-half chances than the Leopards, outshooting the hosts in the latter period, 7-5. However, AU could not get the game-winner, and the game went to overtime.
Lafayette managed the only shot in either overtime, as both teams tightened up their defenses. The Leopards also got the only corner kick in the extra sessions.
Saturday night's game can be seen on tape delay on College Sports Television Tuesday, Sept. 19. Check local listings for what channel. Also, the complete archive of the game will be available as part of AU's Eagle Vision All*Access package. Subscriptions to the All*Access package can be had by clicking on the blue and white Eagle Vision All*Access logo on the main page of AUEagles.com.
With the tie, American moves to 3-4-1 overall and 0-0-1 in the Patriot League. The Eagles return to action on Friday, Sept. 22 when they square off against New Mexico in the Lobos' tournament. Game time is set for 7 p.m. (MT).