Loyd and Pina notch first collegiate tallies for Falcons in non-conference stalemate
Fitchburg, Mass. – The Fitchburg State University Men's Soccer team played Elms College to a 2-2, double overtime draw this evening at Elliot Field as the Flacons opened their 2019 season today.
Score: Fitchburg State 2, Elms 2
Records: Fitchburg State (0-0-1) | Elms (0-0-1)
How It Happened
Elms grabbed a 1-0 lead at the 28:05 mark when freshman forward Alex Egan (Watertown, Mass.) fired a shot into the upper left corner off a free kick for his first collegiate tally, going into the break.
Following the intermission, Fitchburg State knotted the score (1-1) early in the second frame as freshman midfielder Sebastian Pina (Somerville, Mass.) notched his first collegiate marker, depositing the ball into the left side of the net.
The Blazers regained the lead in the 68th minute of play when senior Babba Jaden (Clarkston, Ga.) converted a penalty kick for his first score of the season to make the score 2-1. The Falcons retied the contest (2-2) with roughly 15 minutes remaining in regulation as freshman Alexander Loyd (Kingston, Mass.) netted his first collegiate goal after converting a penalty kick to force overtime.
In the overtime period, the Green and Gold had the best scoring opportunity with senior Zachary Buckland (Billerica, Mass.) blasting a shot on target that Blazers goaltender Julian Brosi (West Newbury, Mass.) was able to coral to preserve the 2-2 overtime draw.
Inside the Numbers
This evenings contest marks the ninth meeting between the two teams on the soccer field with the Falcons 7-1-0 all-time when taking on the Blazers.
Fitchburg State has won the last seven matchups against Elms, including a 3-0 decision last season at Leary Field.
Pina netted his first collegiate goal for the Falcons
Egen registered his first college score for the Blazers
Juniors Branton Abbett (Jasper, Ind.) and Sebastian Jaramillo (Dracut, Mass.) combined to stop three shots for Fitchburg State in the setback, while junior Julian Brosi (West Newbury, Mass.) made five saves for Elms in the victory.
Fitchburg State held a 13-7 margin in shots, while also holding a 6-3 margin in corner kicks
Falcons will host the Saints of Emmanuel College on Wednesday for a non-conference tilt, starting at 4:00 PM. Blazers will host the Lasers of Lasell University on Tuesday for a non-conference matchup at 8:00 PM.