NEW ROCHELLE, NY – A late goal from the senior captain defender Humber Ferrer made it a 2-2 draw for the Iona men's soccer team against Saint Peter's on Wednesday afternoon. Ferrer scored his first of the season in the 86' to move the Maroon & Gold to 1-2-1 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action
The Gaels got on the scoreboard first in the 27'. A fantastic individual effort by junior Malcolm Moreno led to sophomore Lenworth Lopez scoring his second goal of the season. Moreno took the ball from midfield and streaked down the right side directly toward the Peacock goal line. He made a simple move to create space and fed it to Lopez who connected from a few yards out.
Saint Peter's tied the game up late in the first half courtesy of a cluster in the box. Frederick Lindqvist was able to batter Anton's Moore deflected ball into the net for his third of the season.
Iona had a 7-4 shot advantage in the first half. Senior Ali Dawha had one that hit the post and senior Killian Colombie nearly cashed in on a breakaway but was turned away in the last moment.
The first 25 minutes of the second half saw just one shot combined. The pace began to quicken over the final 20 minutes as each team desperately tried to get the three points.
A long pass counter attack gave Saint Peter's a 2-1 lead in the 80'. Dominic Laws scored his team-leading sixth goal via an assist from Jamie Davis. It was just the Peacock's second shot of the second half.
At 79:44, Iona head coach James Hamilton released his secret weapon: Josh Plimpton. The sophomore has a knack for the dramatic, and he yet again played a pivotal part in Iona's draw. As the 86' was ticking forward, Plimpton took in a pass on the right side about 20 yards out. From there he laid a smooth grounded pass to the charging Ferrer who muscled one into the left side of the rippling net.
Iona and Saint Peter's combined for five shots in the second half. They would join together for six attempt in both extra periods.
It was difficult for the Gaels to get in a flow in overtime. They had three shots, all of which came in the second half. Iona had eight fouls called against them over the final 20 minutes of the game.
Ferrer nearly won it for Iona in the 109' with a head that forced Saint Peter's keeper Jason Dubrovich to make a diving save toward the right post.
The save allowed one final push for the Peacocks. Tom Coulson had a free kick taken at 109:34 that was saved out of play by sophomore keeper Guiliano Santucci. Saint Peter's also took a feeble corner kick chance in the final 10 seconds.
The Gaels look to get back in the win column on Wednesday, Oct. 10 in Fairfield, CT against the Stags. Kickoff from Lessing Field scheduled for 7 p.m.
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