Oct. 4, 2008
EASTON, Pa. - The American University men's soccer team rallied from a goal down to force overtime and earn a 1-1 draw with Lafayette College in its first game of the Patriot League slate on Saturday at Metzger Fields Athletic Complex in Easton, Pa. The Eagles are now 3-5-2 (0-0-2 PL), while the Leopards record stands at 3-4-3 (0-0-2 PL).
The first half was played in the middle third of the pitch, as neither team was able to generate much offense and both defenses held their ground. No shots on goal were taken in the opening 45 minutes of play, sending the score into the second half scoreless.
Lafayette took the lead in the 60th minute of play, taking advantage of a restart that resulted from an American foul 10 yards from the penalty box. Stephen Macurdy sent a ball into the box that found Wayne Maminski for the goal and a 1-0 lead.
American, unwilling to settle for a loss, continued to press for the equalizer and would get it at 77:43 courtesy of Karsten Smith. Smith collected the ball from the back line and carried it over the midfield line. His shot, from around 30-yards out found the upper corner of the goal to tie the score at 1-1. Neither team could capitalize in the final 13 minutes of play forcing overtime.
Anthony Moy took the only shot for either team in the two 10-minute overtime periods, and the Eagles settled for a draw on the road in a difficult environment.
"Tonight we played as a team and gave ourselves a chance to win," said AU head coach Todd West. "We will get everyone back in training this week and get back to work for our match against Navy."
Matt Makowski played all 110 minutes in goal for the Eagles, making two saves.
American will take on the Midshipmen from the United States Naval Academy at 1 p.m. on Oct. 11 at Reeves Field.