Fordham Men’s Soccer Plays to Double-Overtime, Scoreless Tie with Marist

September 21, 2011

The Fordham men’s soccer team returned home to Jack Coffey Field to face the Marist Red Foxes on Wednesday night and the two teams combined for a double-overtime, scoreless tie.  For Rams’ senior goalie, Ryan Meara, the clean sheet was the 26th shutout in his college career, leaving him one shy of the all-time Fordham record of 27, which is held by Jeff Knuth.


It was a tale of two halves for the Rams, as they staggered on offense out of the gate, taking just two shots on goal in the first forty-minutes of play.  The Red Foxes tried to grab an early lead in the second minute, but a ball in front of the Rams’ net was cleared from danger by Michael Stalker.  In the 18th minute, Krystian Witkowski launched a shot on net that Meara caught for the first of six saves he had in the game.


Fordham’s first shot on goal came in the 36th minute as senior John Niyonsaba lifted a shot that Steve Skonieczny careened for the save.  Niyonsaba led Fordham with five shots in the contest.


He had another shot on goal in the 41st minute that went well over the crossbar.  The two Niyonsaba sorties were the only ones the Rams had in the first half.


Fordham made a formation change at the half and had several scoring chances as a result.  Niyonsaba got a head to the ball early in the frame, but Skonieczny made another save.  From there, first-half substitute, Julian Nagel, who also took four shots in the contest, let go a volley in the 50th minute that went wide.  Ten minutes later, his ball was blocked.


The Red Foxes tested Meara in the 68th minute.  Stephan Brossard, who leads Marist in goals, assists and points, let go a blast that Meara caught and held for the save.


The Rams had a golden opportunity in the 70th minute as Niyonsaba dribbled around a couple of defenders and lofted a line drive that went inches above the crossbar.  Regulation would end in a scoreless tie.


The first overtime saw the Red Foxes nearly put the game away in the 96th minute.  Brossard was in the Fordham end, to the left of Meara, and he let go a shot that beat the keeper, but went hi and just wide of the goal.  The game went into a second overtime from there.


In the second ten minutes of action, both teams had several shots, but nothing that put either keeper in peril.  The game ended in a scoreless tie.  Fordham now has a 3-3-1 record on the season, while Marist is now 4-2-2.


The men’s soccer team returns to the road on Tuesday, September 27, when they travel to Uniondale, New York for a date with Hofstra.  The start time is scheduled for 7:00 P.M.

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