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Weston, Mass. - The Albertus Magnus College men's soccer team earned a tough 2-2 tie against Regis (Mass.) College in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) contest on Saturday afternoon at Regis Stadium.
FINAL: Albertus Magnus 2 | Regis (Mass.) 2 (2OT)
RECORDS: Albertus Magnus (2-3-3, 1-1-3) | Regis (Mass.) (4-3-2, 2-3-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Five minutes into regulation, Ken Niyonzima scored the first goal of the game to give the Pride the early 1-0 advantage, but four minutes later Diogo Cruz (Naugatuck, Conn.) would find the back of the net on a penalty kick for his third goal of the season, evening the score at 1-1. Cruz had a chance to put the Falcons on top with another penalty kick opportunity, but his shot was stopped by Regis goalie Jesse Bonilla, keeping the match in a tie heading into halftime.
Albertus put together a scoring threat to start off the second with back-to-back corner kicks. On the second one, Cruz found Abdoul Aremu (West Haven, Conn.), who converted on his shot to put the Falcons on top, 2-1. However, a minute later Regis (Mass.) would even the score at two, 2-2 following a penalty kick from Derek Triana.
For the remainder of regulation, both teams battled sending the game into extra time.
Albertus and Regis battled through two ten-minute overtime periods, but neither team was able to find the back of the net ending the game in a 2-2 draw. The Pride took five shots in the extra 20 minutes while holding the Falcons to just one shot.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- The Pride outshot the Falcons, 25-9, as well as held the edge in corner kicks, 9-4.
- Cruz led the Falcons' attack with a goal and assist for a season-high three points.
- Triana paced the Prides' offense with seven shots and three shots on goal.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
- Albertus - Joe Russo (North Haven, Conn.) (2-3-3): 9 Shots on Goal | 2 Goals Against | 7 Saves | 110 Minutes
- Regis (Mass.) - Jesse Bonilla (4-3-1): 6 Shots on Goal | 2 Goals-Against | 2 Saves | 110 Minutes
The men's soccer team returns to action on Monday, Oct. 1 as the Falcons host Western Connecticut State University. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. at Celentano Field.