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Late Goal Earns Point for Leopards

Oct. 13, 2012

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5-7-2, 2-1-1
  1 2 OT F
American 1 0 0 1
Lafayette 0 1 0 1

 Box Score

6-5-2, 2-0-2
 Scoring Summary
 Player  Assist Time
 AU - McDonald Unassisted 14:35
 LC - Turner (1) Adubato 88:18
 Player Mins GA S
 LC - McDonald 110:00 1 2
 AU - Knutsen 110:00 1 4

EASTON, Pa. – The Lafayette men’s soccer team showed its never-say-die attitude Saturday evening at Oaks Stadium as it forced a 1-1 tie with American on an 89th-minute goal from junior Brandon Turner.

Dale McDonald put American in front just under 15 minutes into the contest with an unassisted mark, but the Leopards kept battling in a feisty game to secure the point.

Freshman Nate Arronson led the Lafayette attack with two shots on goal, but it was Turner’s finish on a feed from junior Peter Adubato that sparked the team.

Junior Nathan McDonald played all 110 minutes in net allowing the one goal and recording two saves. The corners were even at three apiece, but the Leopards held a major advantage in shots, 15-6.

After a feeling-out process to open the contest, a Lafayette defensive miscue led to a drive to the front from American’s McDonald, who shot far post and slotted it past McDonald, the Leopard, to put American on top 1-0, 14:35 in.

Midway through the first half, play began to get extremely physical and did not let up for the entirety of the match, as five yellow cards were issued. The physicality of the contest seemed to work in the Leopards’ favor, as they started to establish a clear shot advantage.

A number of near-misses for Lafayette throughout the second 45-minute period built the momentum for Turner’s game-changer. Adubato streaked down the right side and made a nifty move to free himself from an Eagle defender. Forcing the keeper to close, he fed the ball across the goal to Turner, who put it in the back of the net to knot the contest at 1-1.

After two 10-minute overtime periods that yielded nothing from either side, each team earned one point finishing in a 1-1 tie.

Next up for Lafayette is a meeting with NJIT on Tuesday at Oaks Stadium at 7 p.m.