WENHAM, Mass. – #19 Saint Joseph's College (1-0-1) and Gordon College (1-0-1) dueled to a scoreless tie in a non-conference men's soccer match on Saturday evening.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Both squads battled back-and-forth throughout the entirety of the first half but were equally committed on the defensive side of the ball to eliminate any and every scoring threat, leaving the game in a heated scoreless draw at the half.
That duel continued into the second half of play, as the Scots and Monks put up equal numbers on shots (three a side) but neither was able to break its way onto the board, thus forcing a winner-take-all overtime.
The Monks had the best opportunity of the night in the first overtime when a Scots foul and subsequent free kick from 35 yards out on the right side sent a potential game-winner in to the head of SJC's Michael Wildes (Winslow, Maine), but Gordon keeper Brody Veleber snagged the attempt on frame to keep the game tied.
Saint Joseph's held the lead in shots (9-6) and shots on goal (6-2) on the evening while Gordon posted a 4-2 edge in corner kicks
SJC junior David Walbridge (Hampden, Mass.) turned away two shots while Veleber made six saves for the hosts.
With the tie Saint Joseph's is now 1-1-1 all-time versus Gordon College. The Monks blanked the Fighting Scots by a 3-0 score last fall.
Tonight's contest marks the first time that St. Joe's has been held scoreless since the Monks dueled Tufts University to a 0-0 tie in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament (11/12/17). The Jumbos eventually prevailed in a round of penalty kicks.
The Monks host Husson University on Tuesday, September 3rd (6:00 PM) in their first of five straight home games.
THANKS IN LARGE PART TO GORDON COLLEGE SPORTS INFORMATION