Lafayette Shuts Out No. 16 Northwestern in Scoreless Tie
Sept. 7, 2008
EASTON, Pa. - For the second time this season the Lafayette men's soccer team shut out a ranked opponent, this time playing No. 16 Northwestern to a scoreless tie on the final day of the Lafayette Classic. The Leopards out-shot the Wildcats by a 15-12 margin and goalie Andrew Pianko made a season-high eight saves, including five in the second half, for his second shutout of the season.
Lafayette's (1-2-1) offense spent significant time on the attack while the defense stifled Northwestern, holding the Wildcats without a shot until 24:09 remained in the opening half. Northwestern's Eamon O'Neill had a clear look at the goal for his team's first shot of the game but it hit off the lower left post to keep the game scoreless.
Pianko made a sprawling stop on a shot by Kevin Valenta and Lafayette quickly got the ball back into Northwestern territory. The Leopards had two chances to score as B.J. Glenn's shot sailed wide and Nick Leigh collected the rebound but his shot went high. With 2:41 remaining, Chip Aronica and Jake Johnson had looks at the goal but both were off the mark and it remained scoreless heading into halftime.
O'Neill had his second shot of the day following a Lafayette penalty but Pianko made his second stop of the match at 26:47. O'Neill fired off another shot that Pianko again stopped and the Leopard goalie made yet another diving save on a shot by Mark Blades at 19:05.
There was a flurry of Lafayette shots in the final minute of regulation, including back-to-back shots by Glenn and Steve Ference. Regulation ended with a shot by Aronica that was saved by Northwestern goalie Misha Rosenthal.
There were just three combined shots in the first overtime period including one by Kenn Stearns that went wide. Pianko another great save with 2:17 on the clock in the second overtime to preserve the shutout as the game ended in a scoreless tie.
The Leopards return to action next weekend at the Duquesne Tournament on Friday and Sunday. They will face Richmond at 7 p.m. on Friday and Duquesne at 12 p.m. on Sunday.
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