NEW LONDON, Conn. (Sept. 10, 2016) – The USMMA men's soccer team played its arch-rival Coast Guard to a scoreless draw on Saturday afternoon at the Bears' Nitchman Field in the first game of Coast Guard Rivalry Weekend. The tie moves the Mariners' record to 0-2-2, while the Bears move to 3-0-1.
The first half was physical as neither team had any strong opportunities early on. Bears' sophomore Alex Hall had the first attempt for Coast Guard as he got free on the left side on the counter attack and dribbled in towards the near post. He attempted a shot but could not sneak it past senior Cory Maier (Hampton, Va.).
Coast Guard's Alex Lane nearly broke open the scoring as he stepped up to take a free kick from the top of the 18 yard box. His shot dipped around the wall but clanged off the cross bar and was cleared away. Bears' senior Patrick Hanrahan tested Maier again less than five minutes later as he settled a ball at the top of the Merchant Marine penalty box and hit a shot on goal. Maier was forced to step back and push the ball over the bar and out of play for a corner.
With under three minutes to play in the half the Mariners tried to go into the intermission with a lead as senior David Burkhardt (Cutchogue, N.Y) sent a cross in from the left side to the center of the box. Sophomore Michael Montesclaros (Evans, Ga.) attempted to flick it towards goal with his heal but was stoned by Junior Jake Sorenson who held the diving save and kept the score 0-0 going into the second period.
In the 56th minute Coast Guard sophomore Garett Magill forced Maier to make another save as Magill settled a deep corner kick on the left side. He took a touch to his right and drilled a shot towards the back post. Maier, however was able to follow the shot through traffic and make the diving save to his left.
Coast Guard kept up the offensive pressure as junior Ryan Dandan found a cutting Lane with a pass in the center of the Merchant Marine penalty box. Lane attempted to put the ball on frame but sent it over the bar and out of play.
Regulation ended in a 0-0 tie and neither team was able to put together any convincing opportunities in the first overtime period.
In the second overtime the Bears put together their best opportunity of overtime as sophomore Patrick Palermo-Re found Dandan on the back post with a cross. Dandan one timed the service towards goal but pushed it high and out of play.
The Mariners nearly stole the game late as senior Gavin Yingling (Salisbury, Md.) found room at the top of the Coast Guard 18 yard box and rifled a shot towards goal with 16 second left in the game. His shot was blocked but the ricochet still headed towards the net and dinged off the post. The Bears managed to clear it away and the game ended in a 0-0 tie.
Sorenson (2-0-1) made two saves on two shots on goal. Maier (0-2-2) made five saves on five shots on goal. It is Maier's first shutout of the season and the 10th of his career.
The Mariners are back at it on Thursday, Sept. 15, when they face Yeshiva in their Skyline Conference opener. The game will be a "road game" for Merchant Marine, though it will be played at Brooks Stadium on campus in Kings Point. Live stats will be available by following this link.
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Release courtesy of Coast Guard Academy Athletics