JERSEY CITY, NJ – Senior midfielder, Gabrielle Bandelli scored the lone goal for the Saint Peter's men's soccer team on Tuesday evening, resulting in a 1-1 draw with Bucknell University in the final non-conference game of the season. The tie put the Peacocks overall record at 1-3-2 heading into Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play.
"First I think we need to finish off teams," said head coach Julian Richens. "I thought we had a number of chances once we were up, but we haven't quite done that and the concentration has to be there for 90 minutes."
The Peacocks started the match as the aggressor offensively with their attack. At the 3' mark, Michael Crentsil let the first shot off from 20 yards out which was saved by Bucknell keeper, Ryan Ott. Three minutes later, Scott Rogers got a shot off that was blocked by a Bucknell defender before reaching the goal. 10 minutes into the contest, Ezequiel Cei got a good-looking shot at the goal, but again Ott made a save to prevent the go-ahead goal. The Peacocks wouldn't stay scoreless for long as Cei sent a cross into the box from the far corner that found Bandelli who headed the ball into the goal from about 10 feet out at 22' to give Saint Peter's a 1-0 lead. The goal was Bandelli's second of the season.
Minutes later in the 27th minute, Dominic Laws recorded his first shot on goal, that was stopped by a diving Ott then Cei took a shot off the rebound that sailed high over the crossbar. Up to that point, the Peacocks had outshot the Bison 6-0, with four of the shots coming on goal. Bucknell's first and second opportunities for the equalizer came back-to-back in the 30' and 31' marks with both shot attempts being saved by Peacock keeper Robbie Anderson. The Peacocks missed on a chance to retake the lead when Santiago Mateus' shot at the 39' was saved by Ott.
In the second half, play amongst both squads became more physical as five yellows were issued. The first issued yellow card for the Peacocks resulted in the game tying goal at the 60'. Fighting for possession, freshman Anton Moore got tangled with Tyler Peterson in the box resulting in a foul and yellow card. The penalty gave Peterson a penalty kick which he capitalized on, knotting up the contest at 1-1. Wilber Nunez's shot attempt in the 62nd minute and Bandelli's third shot of the game in the 68th minute were both stopped by Ott, keeping the game tied up. The score remained at one each at the end of 90 minutes, sending the game into extra time.
In overtime, Laws had consecutive chances for the golden goal, but both shots went wide left of the goal. With just under three minutes remaining in the first overtime, Jordan Jowers, shot was saved by Ott, leading to a second and final overtime.
In the last overtime, Jowers recorded the only shot in the 106' which ended up being saved by Ott.
The match proved to be even not only by the score, but across the board. The Peacocks had an 18-12 shot advantage, while the Bison posted a 7-3 corner kick edge. Anderson made seven saves for the Peacocks and Ott made eight saves for the Bison. Bucknell had 14 fouls to the Peacocks 13 and both teams had three players issued yellow cards in the match.
The Peacocks will hit the road next Wednesday, September 27 for a meeting with Marist at 7pm. The contest with Marist will being the conference season for the Peacocks.