Frostburg, Md. – Marymount University’s men’s soccer team tied its Capital Athletic Conference opener for the first time since 2005 with a 1-1 draw with Frostburg State on Wednesday night. The league-opening tie for the Saints is the first since a scoreless draw against former CAC foe Catholic five years ago.
Controlling the pace of the opening half, Marymount (2-3-1, 0-0-1 CAC) outshot the Bobcats 7-2 in the first frame.
Despite only one of the Saints’ shots being on target in the stanza, they made it count. Freshman Nicholas Gruber came off the bench in the 30th minute and added an instant spark to the MU offense. In the game for just over six minutes, Gruber connected with a header off a free kick from junior Kjell Crooke to find the back of the net and put Marymount up 1-0.
Frostburg State (2-3-1, 0-0-1 CAC) evened things up early in the second half, scoring in the 60th minute as Shawn Baker slid a pass by the MU keeper on the left side to knot the score at 1-1.
The host Bobcats found themselves a man down with 20 minutes to play as FSU’s Raul Diaz and the Saints’ Edwin Rivera got tied up at the 69:03 mark. Diaz was sent off with a red card while Rivera was carded with a yellow caution.
Pulling back to preserve the draw, Frostburg State drastically lowered MU’s scoring chances by dropping extra players to the back with a shorthanded squad. The Bobcats didn’t attempt another shot the rest of regulation while holding Marymount to just a pair of attempts in the final 20 minutes.
In the extra frames, the Saints held their hosts to just one shot as the Bobcats fended off a late Marymount rush in the waning moments of the second overtime to preserve the tie.
The Saints return to action on Sunday, September 19, as the travel to face Shenandoah in non-conference play at 6 p.m.