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Men’s Soccer Ties Defending Champs to Open CAC Slate

Saturday, September 17, 2011
Arlington, Va. – Marymount University’s men’s soccer team opened its Capital Athletic Conference schedule with a 1-1 draw against two-time defending league champions York (Pa.) on Saturday. The draw is the second-straight to open the CAC season for the Saints and the third consecutive double-overtime league opener.

An extremely even, back-and-forth affair turned in the Saints (1-3-2, 0-0-1 CAC) favor late in the first half. With just over two minutes to play in the period, freshman George Delgado took a slide pass from senior Kjell Crooke through the middle of the defense and hit his shot far left post to take a 1-0 lead.

The Spartans (3-2-1, 0-0-1 CAC) would respond in the 63rd on a contested call in front of the goal. Marymount sophomore keeper Mike Madigan appeared to have saved York’s point-blank attempt but was ruled to have been behind the goal line when he punched the shot out of the box.

With the score even, both squads battled to extra frame and into a second overtime period. The Saints had the best opportunity to put the game away on a golden goal with 2:45 remaining, but the Spartans keeper deflected a rocket shot by Delgado off the crossbar to salvage the tie.

Madigan earned two saves in the draw to move to 1-2-2 on the season in goal.

Marymount returns to action on Saturday at home against Shenandoah in non-conference play.