DAYTON BATTLES TO 1-1 DRAW WITH GMU
DAYTON, Ohio – The University of Dayton men’s soccer team fought to a 1-1 double overtime draw on a rainy Friday night at Baujan Field.
The Flyers (5-3-3, 1-0-1 A-10) took the initial lead in the first half, but a George Mason goal with 12 seconds left tied the game.
Dayton opened up the scoring in the 19th minute when sophomore Rafael Gamboa’s corner kick found the head of sophomore Lalas Abubakar, who headed it towards goal. The George Mason keeper blocked the shot into the path of sophomore Brian Richards, who drilled it home to give the Flyers the 1-0 lead. The goal was his fourth of the season while Gamboa recorded his fifth assist and Abubakar added his second of the year.
That score would hold heading into the break as the Flyers totaled three shots on goal out of eight attempts while the Patriots had one shot on goal in eight attempts.
In the second half, Dayton kept control of the game and continued to put shots on goal. After the first 15 minutes, George Mason also started shooting from farther out, but were unable to put any on target.
The Flyers fended off any Patriot attack all the way to the final few minutes.
With 2:23 to go in the contest, Dayton midfielder Brian Bates received a red card for blocking a George Mason shot attempt with his hand. That set up a penalty for the Patriots, their best opportunity of the game.
Dayton goalkeeper Chris Froschauer stepped up and saved the penalty, a huge momentum shift for the Flyers, who held their 1-0 lead.
It seemed UD would pick up the victory, but with 12 seconds left, a Patriot cross found the head of Jannik Eckenrode, who slipped past Froschauer for the tying goal. That meant overtime for the Flyers for the fourth time this season.
Neither team was able to score the decisive goal in the first overtime, forcing a second extra 10 minutes. The second overtime was more of the same as the 10-man Flyers put everyone back defensively. The 1-1 score would be the final as Dayton drew against the Patriots.
Richards recorded his team-leading fourth goal of the season while Gamboa and Abubakar got the assist. Froschauer had two saves in the contest while facing 24 George Mason shots, three of which were on goal. The Flyers countered with 17 shots of their own.
The Flyers (5-3-2, 1-0-0 A-10) will return to action next Friday, Oct. 7 when they travel to Massachusetts at 2:30 p.m.
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