|Pat Codispoti||Eric Hintz|
SCRANTON, Pa. - It was about as even of a match for 110 minutes as it could be between the University of Scranton men's soccer team and 13th-ranked Haverford on Tuesday night at Fitzpatrick Field, and the final result reflected just that, as the Royals and the Fords battled to a 1-1 double overtime draw.
With the result, Scranton moved to 10-3-1 on the year, while Haverford went to 9-2-3 with the tie.
In the opening frame, the match started off at a torrid pace, with both teams placing several chances on net in the first 30 minutes of action.
In that 30th minute, however, Haverford cashed in on a chance, as Will Corkery scored on a free kick to give the visiting Fords a 1-0 lead that held into intermission.
To begin the second half, Scranton caught a break of their own in the 53rd minute after a Haverford foul.
On the proceeding free kick, senior Pat Codispoti (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade) picked the perfect time to score his first goal of the year, as he bent in the free chance from about 25 yards out into the back of the net to tie the match up at 1-1.
For Codispoti, it was his his sixth career goal, as well.
For the next 30-plus minutes, however, both teams failed to cash in on chances that would've given them the lead.
Right after Scranton scored the match-tying goal, Haverford had back-to-back chances denied at the net. The first was blocked away by the Royals defense, while the second was saved by senior goalie Eric Hintz (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor), one of his four saves on the evening.
Scranton also had several chances just miss the net, as senior Tim DiBisceglie (Mine Hill, N.J./Gil St. Benard's School) had the Royals' final shot of the first 90 minutes bounce off the crossbar, sending the match to extra time.
In the overtime periods, Scranton outshot Haverford 3-2 (taking all three shots in the first overtime period), with two of those shots on goal. However, both were saved by Haverford goalie Jeremy Astesano, denying the Royals a chance to end the match.
With that, the well-played match was called after 110 minutes, marking the first time on the 2016 season that the Royals both went to overtime and played to a draw with an opponent.
Overall, Haverford held a slim 15-14 edge on total shots in the match, along with a 9-8 advantage on corner kicks.
The University of Scranton men's soccer team jumps back into Landmark Conference action on Saturday, hosting Goucher in the Royal's home regular season finale at Fitzpatrick Field. The match, which will also be the program's annual Senior Day, will kick-off at 3:30 p.m.