DAYTON, Tenn. - 110
minutes of play wasn't enough to decide a victor, as the Union College men's
soccer team and Bryan battled to a 2-2, double overtime draw on Wednesday night
in Appalachian Athletic Conference action.
With the tie, Union
goes to 5-6-2 overall, 0-3-1 in the AAC, while Bryan is now 6-4-2 overall, and
2-1-2 in the AAC.
"This was just a
great game," said head coach Tyler Brock. "I'm proud of the way are guys fought
back after falling behind early. In my 14 years [at Union], we haven't played
very well here, so to come out with a draw is a positive moving forward.
"I have to give
credit to [Bryan] head coach Dr. Sandy Zensen, who is in his last year here. He's
been a class act and a role model, and if this is the last time we play against
him, I'm happy we gave him a fun game to go out on."
In the first period,
Bryan was first to strike, as Johnannes Miller scored in the fourth minute to
give the Lions an early 1-0 advantage.
In the 29th minute, however, Union tied the match up at one apiece when freshman Jonathan Watson (Kirriemuir, Scotland) scored an unassisted goal. The score, which was his team-leading sixth of the year, made it 1-1. That score would hold up over the next 16 minutes, as the game went into the half tied.
In the second period,
the Bulldogs took the lead in the halves onset when Watson scored his second goal of the day in the 50th
The score, which was assisted by Marc Miller
(Winchester, Ky.), was the seventh of the season for Watson, and gave Union a
It appeared that the
goal would be the game winner for Union for the majority of the period, as UC
goalie Andrew Metcalf (Chester, England) continued his strong season with
another solid night in between the pipes.
As the game entered
the 85th minute, the Bulldog defense made a costly mistake, as they
recorded an own goal while defending in their own end. The ill-advised score
tied the match back up, and sent the contest into overtime.
In both overtime
periods, Bryan and Union had opportunities on net that were denied by each team's
In the first
overtime, the Lions fired three shots on net, all of which were saved by
Metcalf. In the second overtime, Bryan's lone shot on goal was saved by Metcalf
early in the period.
Union had one last
chance to win the game late in the overtime, but two Bulldog shots on net were
saved by Bryan goalie Joshua Oldroyd, preserving the tie. The Bulldogs also had
two corner kicks in the final two minutes of action, but failed to convert
either one, as the match ended in a 2-2 draw.
outshot Bryan by a slim 16-15 margin, while Bryan had a 13-7 edge on corner
kicks. Both Metcalf and Oldroyd were solid in net on the night, as they each
made eight saves, apiece, in the contest.
Union returns to the
pitch on Wednesday, Oct. 12 when they host Brescia at Burch/Nau Field. Kickoff
is set for 4 p.m.