Men’s soccer earns 1-1 draw against Saint Peter’s

Stephen Olick-Sutphen, Contributing Writer

The Bison men’s soccer team overcame a one-goal halftime deficit to earn a hard-fought draw against Saint Peter’s on Sept. 15. The Bison conceded a goal 25 minutes in, but Tyler Peterson ’19 scored a crucial penalty kick in the 68th minute that proved vital in their 1-1 draw.

The Orange and Blue went through another tiring double-overtime game that ended up in a draw to improve their record to 2-2-2 on the season. The Bison have now played in four straight overtime games which have accumulated to 65 minutes of extra play.

It was a slow start to the game for the Bison, as Saint Peter’s controlled the tempo, leading to their goal and 1-0 halftime lead. The start of the second half proved to be a different story, as the Bison came out setting an aggressive tone.

With the Bison consistently attacking the flanks, the Orange and Blue were eventually awarded a penalty kick that eventually led to the game-tying goal. Peterson placed his goal to the lower corner just beyond the outstretched hands of the Peacock keeper. The Bison outshot the Peacocks 16-14, with most of those Bison shots coming in the second half.

Going into overtime, the Bison had many opportunities to collect the win, but in the end Saint Peter’s held on and preserved a draw. The game was incredibly physical as a total of 34 fouls were called, five of which resulted in yellow cards.

“Going into this game, we wanted to keep the pressure up and force mistakes on their back line,” Jake Mittman ’22 said. “With this mentality, opportunities in their final third were created, and it was unfortunate we couldn’t put home a second goal.”

In a mid-week matchup on Sept. 18 against Drexel, the team lost 2-0. The Orange and Blue were ultimately unable to convert on their scoring opportunities, despite solid shots coming from Nick King ’20, Trevor Wiggins ’21, and Mittman.

The Bison will be back in action when they start Patriot League play against Lafayette on Sept. 22, with kickoff starting at 3 p.m.

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