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M. Soccer. Leopards Draw in Final Non-Conference Contest

Oct. 14, 2015

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NEWARK, N.J. – In a tightly-contested match that featured eight bookings with four yellow cards on each side, the Lafayette men’s soccer team walked away with a 0-0 draw after 110 minutes of action at NJIT on Wednesday evening.

Making just his second career start, sophomore goalkeeper Brian Ehrlich was solid once again, making seven saves and not allowing a goal. Shots were 14-10 in favor of the home side, but Lafayette created its chances with a trio of good scoring opportunities and an 8-2 edge in corners.

The Leopards’ best chance of the opening half came just 10 minutes in when senior Nate Arronson found space in the box to get on the end of a service. Unfortunately, Arronson’s header rattled off the crossbar and away from danger.

The majority of the game was played in the midfield as the game moved through the halftime break and into the latter stages with a 0-0 scoreline. The Maroon and White seemed to have a flair for the dramatic, however, as a pair of chances in the 90th and 108th minutes could have given them a result.

Late in regulation, the Leopards worked a free kick from just over midfield on the left side. A service found the big body of freshman defender Joe DeStefano, who sent a clean header just outside the right post.

Then, with the clock winding down in the second overtime, senior Eric West found some space on his own with a run down the middle of the field. West worked his way through a pair of Highlander defenders and fired a rocket on goal that had to be pushed over the crossbar by the leaping NJIT keeper, Marco Luna.

With the draw, Lafayette moves to 5-3-5 on the year overall. The Leopards return to Mike Bourger ’44 Field at Oaks Stadium on Saturday for homecoming and a 1 p.m. matchup with league-leading Boston U.

Head coach Dennis Bohn will be honored prior to the game for earning his 132nd career win over Bucknell on Oct. 7, making him the program’s all-time winningest coach. Additionally, prior to the game, the family of the late Dr. Wilbur W. Oaks, Jr. ’51 will participate in an honorary coin toss. Finally, the 10th and 20th anniversaries of Lafayette’s 1995 and 2005 Patriot League championship teams will be recognized at halftime.

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