PHILADELPHIA – Saint Joseph's junior forward Derek MacKinnon blasted home an 89th-minute equalizer to send the Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad to a 1-1 draw with Central Connecticut in the non-conference finale on Saturday evening on Sweeney Field. With the tie, the Hawks snap a four-match losing streak to improve to 2-5-3 while the Blue Devils stand at 3-5-2.
"It was a good game," said head coach Don D'Ambra following the match. "Very competitive. Central Conencticut came out and had a good amount of tempo early on in the game . . . I was proud of our guys. We played a really good game - a lot of good offensive possession and creating stuff from the attack. I was happy for Derek that he was able to score a goal at a great time late in the game. . . . It was a good point for us to get tonight."
MacKinnon's first goal of the season came at the 88:29 mark, as he gained possession of a blocked shot attempt by freshman midfielder Alvin Dahn and put his shot past Central Connecticut goalkeeper Carson D'Ambrosio for the score.
Neither team landed a shot on goal in the first overtime but CCSU's Sean Gannon came up with a shot on net in the 104th minute; Saint Joseph's senior goalkeeper Greg O'Connell made his sixth save of the match to keep the score level.
O'Connell (2-5-2) made six saves in the full 110:00; following CCSU's first shot, a goal in the sixth minute of play, O'Connell blanked the Blue Devils' offense for the remainder of the match.
In addition to O'Connell's full-match effort, the Hawks got 110 minutes from junior defender Eddie McCusker, freshmen defenders David Grana and Daniel Morales, senior midfielder Matt Crawford, and freshman midfielders Ritchie Barry, Dahn, and Aidan Watkins.
Also of note, senior defender Kevin Lockhart, who started the match and played 72 minutes, made a brilliant defensive stop to break up a strong CCSU attacking opportunity in the 30th minute.
For the match, shots were level at 14-14 despite CCSU owned a 9-2 first-half advantage and SJU holding a 10-3 second-half edge. CCSU earned nine of the match's 12 corner kicks. In a highly physical contest, each squad was shown three yellowcards apiece.
Saint Joseph's opens Atlantic 10 conference action at Dayton (4-5-2, 1-0-0 A-10) this Wednesday, October 4. Kickoff at Baujan Field in Dayton, Ohio, the site of the 2017 Atlantic 10 Championship, is slated for 7:00 p.m. The Flyers defeated Davidson, 2-1, in A-10 play on Saturday evening.
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