WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The No. 11 Connecticut College men's soccer team played Williams to a 0-0 draw on Sunday afternoon.
After a scoreless first half which saw Williams hold a 6-2 advantage in total shots, the Camels gained a big advantage when the Ephs' Justin Adams took down junior Liam Noonan (Malibu, Calif.) and was assessed his second yellow card which became a red. Even though the hosts found themselves playing down a man for at least the remaining 41 minutes of regulation, they were able to keep the opposing forwards at bay by packing their remaining players back defensively and smothering attempts when the Camel offense penetrated into its offensive third.
Williams (3-3-2, NESCAC 2-2-1) almost took the lead in the 66th minute on a ball that was launched in and headed past Camel netminder AJ Marcucci (West Chester, Pa.) by Damian Gass. However, junior captain Liam Donelan (Milton, Mass.) saved the day by kicking the ball off the goal line and away from trouble to keep the match scoreless.
The Camels earned nine corners in regulation and had a great opportunity to end it in the last minute. Coming in from the right endline, sophomore Steve Yeonas (McLean, Va.) crossed the ball that found the head of Noonan on the left corner of the six-yard box, but Eph defender Andrew Mathew was there to block it while goalie Michael Davis was not in position to make a stop. An ensuing attempt by sophomore Augie Djerdjaj (Mahopac, N.Y.) sailed high, and the teams headed for overtime.
Although neither side was able to take a shot on target over the final 20 minutes, the Ephs had a notable opportunity to win the match shorthanded when they were awarded a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box in the 102nd minute. Jules Oberg, however, sailed the shot wide. A response by Noonan on the other end was blocked, and the teams settled for the draw.
Marcucci made six saves between the posts for Connecticut College, while the Ephs' Davis turned away two shots at the other end. The Camels had a 10-9 edge in total shots and a 9-3 advantage in corner kick opportunities while also playing a man up for more than 60 minutes.
Connecticut College (5-1-2, NESCAC 3-1-2) will have more than a week off before it returns home to play a strong non-conference opponent in Eastern Connecticut State on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m.