Brockport’s overtime battle with Ithaca ends in 0-0 draw

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BROCKPORT, N.Y.—The College at Brockport men’s soccer team played a hard-fought match on Sunday against Ithaca College ending in a 0-0 draw.

The Golden Eagles’ record sits at 3-1-1 as the Bombers move to 3-1-1 on the season.

The Green and Gold did a tremendous job of creating shots in the first half. They fired 12 times, seven of which were on goal. Unfortunately, they were unable to take the lead, but the defense held firm and held Ithaca scoreless, while only allowing two shots. The contest remained tied going into half time.

“Everyone played hard today and we had a lot of opportunities in the first half,” head coach Gary LaPietra commented. “A lot of new players were able to see the, and it was valuable experience for them as we move forward in the season.”

The second half continued to be a match of high intensity soccer as both teams traded opportunities, but both were unable to convert. The Golden Eagle defense along with goal keeper Joseph Romano, did a good job fending off the opposition after seeing seven shots in the second half. Romano would finish the game with three saves in 110 minutes of play. The match remained scoreless after regulation and the Green and Gold headed into overtime for the first time this season.

“I am pleased that we were able to defend collectively and post a shut out today,” LaPietra said. “Connor Melanophy and Chris Aherne played well today and kept us organized throughout the match.”

The extra time would see much of the same back-and-forth play as both teams combined for four shots in the two halves of play, but neither team could capitalize. The game would end in a 0-0 draw.

“With three games in five days, it has been a demanding week,” mentioned LaPietra. “I am proud of the players and how they are focusing on the task at hand.”

The Golden Eagles will travel to St. John Fisher College on Wednesday, Sept. 13 for a 7 p.m. match.

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