Sun, Oct. 9, 2011 - [Men's Soccer]
Loras 3, Central 3 - 2OT
The first half of Loras' Iowa Conference tilt with Central College was one neither team will soon forget. It yielded six total goals, three for each team, and set the stage for what turned out to be 65 minutes of scoreless soccer.
Brad Joiner and the Duhawks opened the scoring just 72 seconds into the match when the Duhawks built up a quick attack and Joiner slid a shot past Dutch goalkeeper David Ziemann.
The Dutch took the ensuing kickoff and moved forward quickly, earning a corner kick.
Leland Schipper sent his corner kick to the front post where Matt Woodcock used a redirecting touch for his first goal of the year and the take excitement out of the Rock Bowl shortly after the Duhawks took the early lead.
Central turned to another first time goal scorer to take their 2-1 lead in the 8thminute. This time Schipper sent a long free kick towards the Loras goal that went by the mob of players from both teams untouched. It found the side netting on one bounce and shifted the momentum towards the visitors.
The Duhawks battled back to even 20 minutes later.
Chris Comstock crossed a ball to the Dutch doorstep that Donald St. George promptly put home.
The high scoring opening half continued ten minutes later when the Dutch reclaimed the lead.
A long throw found the head of Dennis Forrest, who moved the ball from the front post to the back post, where Brandon Fritz put enough on his shot to make it 3-2 Central.
With the halftime intermission looming, the Duhawks turned to the long throw in to equalize for a second time.
Kyle Marxkors' throw found Ryan Schneider on the front post. Schneider stuffed home the Duhawks' third goal of the afternoon less than two minutes from halftime and closed out the back-and-forth opening 45 minutes.
After the teams caught their breath, the goal scoring came to a halt. Loras' defense settled in and allowed just three second half shots. The Duhawks offense forced Ziemann to make four second half saves in search of a game-winner.
The best chance for that difference maker came when Chris Comstock was knocked down in the Dutch penalty box in 54thminute. Comstock tried to split two defenders and was sent to the turf.
Donald St. George stepped up to take the ensuing penalty kick and potential game-winner, but the right footed effort only had eyes for the post.
The next 35 minutes were also scoreless, with Sean Lewis' header in the waning moments of regulation wide of the Dutch goal, sending the home team to their second overtime game of 2011. For the second time, both the Duhawks and their opponents were held off the score sheet. Central managed a total of six shots on Nate DuBois and the Loras goal during the extra 20 minutes. The Duhawks took two shots in the first overtime, and were also kept off the sheet.
The Dutch moved to 2-1-1 in the IIAC with the draw.
The tie puts Loras at 3-0-1 in the Iowa Conference and 10-1-2 overall heading into next week's Wednesday night matchup with Wartburg at the Rock Bowl. Kickoff will be approximately 8:00 PM and follows the women's matchup.
On Sunday, the Duhawks will rekindle their friendly rivalry with the Dominican University Stars in River Forest, IL. Kickoff is 2:00 PM.