Tigers Draw Cougars 2-2

Eli Strong
Eli Strong

Hampden-Sydney Soccer opened the season against Averett in interesting fashion. The game went to overtime tied at 2-2, but just 3:05 into the extra frame, a power outage from a transformer fire left most of the campus without power and the game was called.

THE BASICS

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Each team had several promising possessions and scoring opportunities in the first half, but the Tigers capitalized first when Ryan Killen took two touches on a crossing pass just inside the 18-yard box and sent it into the right side of the goal in the 43rd minute.
  • Averett's Daniel Surley equalized the contest at 1-1 off a Huso Dukic pass at 59:12
  • Goalkeeper Ian Connor made a point-blank foot save at 73:50 to keep it a tie ball game
  • H-SC regained the lead four minutes later when Josh McCormack sent a crossing pass from left to right and found Eli Strong for a header goal
  • The lead did not last long as David Cuperman scored off a direct kick on the right side of the field, curling it just inside the high right post
  • Jacob Mann had two good scoring chances in the 89th and 93rd minute but was twice turned back by good defense and saves from Averett goalkeeper Marius Olavesen

TIGER TOP PERFORMERS

FOR THE FOES

  • Daniel Surley scored one on three shots on goals
  • Marius Olavesen stopped five shots
  • Kevin Watford and Ville Hautakangas each produced two shots on frame

STATS OF THE GAME

  • Averett outshot H-SC 15-12 with a 9-7 edge in shots on goal
  • Each team drew six corner kicks
  • The Cougars were whistled for just five fouls compared to 12 for the Tigers

NEXT GAME

  • Hampden-Sydney heads north to Maryland to play Stevenson University on Sunday at 2 pm.