WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 11, 2008) - The No. 11/13 University of Connecticut men’s soccer team battled to its fifth draw of the season at Georgetown on Saturday afternoon. After two sudden-victory sessions the game remained tied 0-0 for the Huskies first draw of the season against a conference opponent.
UConn is now 5-3-4 overall and 3-3-1 in the BIG EAST. Georgetown now stands at 7-2-3 this season and is 2-2-3 in conference play.
In a physical match where it would have taken just one to decide the victor, each team forced the opposing goalkeeper to make three saves in the second half.
Josh Ford (Liverpool, N.Y.) kept hopes of a decision in regulation time alive with key saves as the Georgetown offense continued to pressure the Huskies. Mark Zeman shot one up high at 70:28, but Ford reached ahead in time to make the save. Georgetown collected the loose ball with Chandler Diggs’ following shot sailing above the crossbar.
O’Bryan White (Scarborough, Ont.), who led the team with five shots in the game, narrowly missed the left side of the goal as the Huskies regained possession in the Hoya zone. With the Huskies still in control, Mike Pezza (Jackson, N.J.) saw his shot blocked. Shawn Nicklaw (San Diego, Calif.) took control of the ball and forced Hoya goalkeeper Matthew Brutto to make a save on his shot in the 78th minute of play.
UConn’s corner kick led to solid scoring opportunities with 10 minutes left in regulation. Shots by White were blocked by the Georgetown defense and Brutto made another save, this time stopping Dori Arad (Hahotrim, Israel) from putting UConn on the board.
Tightened defenses led to limited scoring opportunities for either side in the extra sessions. UConn registered a shot in each overtime session while Georgetown had the edge with five combined.
Ford made his final save of the game in the 106th minute on a header by Jose Colchao to keep the game tied while Colchao’s header as time expired went wide.
Georgetown had the advantage in shots (20-13) and corner kicks (13-5). With four saves in 110 minutes played, Ford has totaled 44 saves this season.
UConn hosts Dartmouth (6-3-1, 1-0-1 Ivy) on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. The Huskies return to BIG EAST play on Oct. 18 when they travel to face Marquette at 8:05 p.m.
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