KEUKA PARK, N.Y. – The Keuka College Men's Soccer team opened their 2015 season and the new turf field at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex with a 1-1 draw against the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
The Panthers (0-0-1) took the lead seconds into the second half, but Keuka (0-0-1) answered. Ben Schreiber took a pass from Leandro Curran and found the back of the net in the 75th minute to draw the game level.
The Green and Gold will be back in action on Saturday as they play the second game of the Lakefront Classic. Keuka College will face D'Youville College at 5pm in Keuka Park. The Spartans lost to Wells College in the first game of the Classic. Wells and Pitt-Bradford will face each other prior to Keuka's match at 3pm.
The game began with both teams feeling each other out. Keuka was able to win a corner in the opening minutes, but most of the game was played in the middle third of the field. Ben Schreiber gave the first threat at net in the 18th minute as he went streaking down the right side of the field. He swung with his right foot, and the outside footed shot slid just wide of the far post. Schreiber continued to threaten the net. He attempted a quick chip shot over the keeper, but it went just high. The two teams remained scoreless going into halftime.
Pitt.-Bradford came out fast in the second half. Just 31 seconds into the period, a ricocheted ball fell to the foot of Steven McFetridge, who slide the ball past Keuka keeper Willie Romero for the 1-0 lead. The Wolfpack did not give in, however. In the 75th minute, Paulin Kolodja worked the ball up the left side, sliding it to Leandro Curran. Curran flicked a past over the Panthers back line and found Schreiber on the right side of the box. The senior volleyed the ball back across the net, over the keeper, and into back of the net to tie the game at 1-1. That score would hold for the remaining 15 minutes and into extra time.
Keuka controlled the play in the extra frames. They outshot Pitt.-Bradford 4-1 in the 20 minutes. Their best chance to score came early on in the first period. Ben Schreiber took a free kick from the left side and curled it into the box. He found the head of Paulin Kolodja. The junior's header beat the goalie, but went off the crossbar and over the net. At the end of the full 110 minutes, the matched finished in a 1-1 draw.