WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Senior midfielder Dontrim Namani and sophomore midfielder Garrett Lyons scored to lead the Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad to a 2-2 draw at Hartford in non-conference action on Tuesday afternoon, which snapped the Hawks' three-match losing streak. With their first draw of the season, Saint Joseph's now stands at 4-7-1 while Hartford (6-2-3) extends its unbeaten streak to nine matches.
How It Happened
• Namani deflected in a pass to put the Hawks on the scoreboard first (9'), assisted by junior midfielder Aidan Watkins and Lyons.
• Coming out of the halftime break trailing 1-0, Hartford drew a foul inside the box in the 49th minute, and Kamer Nuhiu converted to equalize.
• Sophomore forward Frantz Pierrot found Lyons in the 84th minute, and the midfielder scored low left to complete the brace and put the Hawks back up by one with 6:11 remaining in regulation.
• Hartford's Nick Benjamin equalized in the 90th minute, with just 55 seconds remaining in regulation.
• Watkins (93') and junior midfielder Alvin Dahn (110') forced Hartford goalkeeper Jimmy Slayton into overtime saves.
• Sophomore goalkeeper Joseph Boehm made his third save of the match in the first overtime (94').
Behind the Stats
• Hartford held a 16-10 advantage in shots, but each team landed five on goal.
• Boehm (4-7-1) made three saves in the full 110:00.
"Obviously it's great when you can get on the scoresheet and help your team," said sophomore midfielder Garrett Lyons following the match. "Aidan [Watkins] put a great corner in, and Frantz [Pierrot] played a great ball across the box, and I was there. For the team, we definitely feel we could've won that game, but it's nice to get off the losing skid that we were on. We are looking forward to Saturday's conference game and getting a big win there!"
"This wasn't a bad result on the road against a good Hartford team," added head coach Don D'Ambra. "I thought it was a great team performance, and Aidan [Watkins] and Garrett [Lyons] played excellent. Both of them led by example with stellar defense, and Garrett has become an offensive force for our team. The difficult part of the game was that we were winning 2-1 with only two minutes left and we couldn't close the game out. We must learn from these games and situations."
Saint Joseph's (0-3-0 A-10) returns home to host Rhode Island (2-1 A-10) in Atlantic 10 action this Saturday, October 12. The match is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field. The Rams will host La Salle on Wednesday before traveling to Hawk Hill.