KEUKA PARK, N.Y. — The Keuka College Men's Soccer team earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw against RIT on Wednesday night at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex.
Joshua Card put the Keuka College (0-2-1) ahead with a penalty kick goal just before halftime. However, RIT scored in the 88th minute and the game would finish a draw.
Keuka College 1 vs. RIT 1 – 2OT
Both teams came out fast and battled for possession from the start. Keuka College had the first quality chance in the 15th minute. Following a Tiger foul, Keuka's free kick was deflected by the wall, but ended up near the right post. Samba Doukahnsy got a head to the ball, but it was saved by the Tigers keeper. Play flipped minutes later as an RIT cross found a diving head at the far post, but the ball went wide. Things looked to go to halftime tied 0-0 until a misplayed goal kick was intercepted by Doukhansy and he raced in on goal on a breakaway. RIT caught Doukhansy, but the tackle resulted in a yellow card and penalty kick for the Wolves. Joshua Card converted the kick for the 1-0 lead.
RIT possessed the ball more in the second half, but Keuka continued to push the Tigers on the counter. Strategies changed midway through the half as Keuka College was assessed a red card and had to play the rest of the match with 10 players. The Tigers increased their attack and had another quality attempt on a diving header, but it was saved by freshman keeper Stephen Cowulich. RIT continued to press and it paid off as they scored with 1:57 left in regulation to tie the game and force overtime.
Down to 10 men, the Keuka College defense did a solid job in holding off the Tigers attack. RIT had a combined six shots in the two overtime periods, but Cowulich was there when called upon and the game would finish as a 1-1 draw.
Joshua Card converts the PK for the Wolves
- Wednesday was the first ever result for Keuka College against RIT in Men's Soccer. The Tigers have won the previous seven meetings
- RIT totaled 23 shots and eight corner kicks while the Wolves had six shots and did not have a corner in the game
- The goal by Card was his first of the season and seventh of his career. Card also is now 2-2 in his career on penalty kicks
- Stephen Cowulich set a new career-high with seven saves
- Wednesday was the first game of the season to go extra time for the Wolves
Up Next for Keuka College: Keuka College continues their tough start to the season with a test against nationally-ranked University of Rochester on Saturday. Kickoff between the Wolves and Yellowjackets from the Jephson Community Athletic Complex is set for 3pm.