Men's Soccer: Albany Pharmacy 3, New Rochelle 3 (2 OT)

Men's Soccer: Albany Pharmacy 3, New Rochelle 3 (2 OT)

Release courtesy of ACPHS Athletics

ACPHS Men's Soccer tied the College of New Rochelle Blue Angels 3-3 on Wednesday after 110 minutes of play. The Panthers are now 3-1-1 in the HVIAC and 6-4-1 overall, while New Rochelle moved to 2-0-1 in the league and 2-3-1 overall.

ACPHS opened up the scoring in the 13th minute with the first shot taken by either team. Junior Bryce Berchulski(Somersworth, NH / Somersworth High School) clipped a ball over the Blue Angel defense for sophomore Austin Myers (Morrisonville, NY / Saranac High) to run after that was misjudged by CNR keeper Elijah Robinson. Myers touched the ball around Robinson and passed it into the vacated net for his 2nd goal of the year.

The rest of the half was all Blue Angels, as they generated chance after chance against the Panther defense. Rochelle forward Cesar Rodriguez was their danger man, having two spots where he was alone against Albany senior keeper Matt Houlihan (Levittown, NY / Kellenberg Memorial High School) but could not capitalize due to Houlihan's saves. Albany gained a 2-0 advantage in the closing seconds of the first half when sophomore Noah Keith (Rotterdam, NY / CBA) scored off of a long free kick from Houlihan, and would take that advantage into the break.

The Blue Angels cut the Panther lead to 1 just 37 seconds into the 2nd half thanks to a long strike from Heber Maldonado, but Albany got it back to two 15 minutes later. Junior Reid LaPlante (Chateaugay, NY / Chateaugay Central High School) dribbled into the box but was fouled before he could get a shot away. Senior Mina Girgis(Canyon Country, CA / John Burroughs HS) took the resulting penalty and deposited it into the lower-left corner of the goal to give Albany a 3-1 lead.

CNR came roaring back in the final ten minutes to with goals from Xavier Cruzata and Rodriguez, which sent the game into overtime. IN the extra period, Houlihan proved the hero of the game when he saved a penalty shot which would have gave New Rochelle the win. Both teams created chances in the extra periods, but neither could find a break through. Houlihan made 9 saves during the match and two across the two overtimes.

ACPHS has a long layoff before they travel to Berkeley College on Saturday, October 14th at 8pm.

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Double overtime wasn't enough to decide a 3-3 tie on Wednesday evening. Albany Pharmacy jumped out too an early lead when Austin Myers scored an early goal in the 12th minute of the match. The Blue Angel's were down 0-1 at halftime. CNR had nine shots on goal in the first half, but couldn't get one to go in early.

Second half also started off strong for Albany with Noah Keith scoring a goal in the 44th minute bringing them a 0-2 lead over CNR. The two point deficit must have woke up the Blue Angels, because Heber Maldonado scored in the next minute of the match. Score was 1-2 before Mina Girgis from Albany gave them a 3-1 lead late in the match. With only 10 minutes left CNR continued to fight, scoring goals in the 81st minute by Xavier Cruzata and 85th minute by Cesar Rodriguez. 

Score 3-3 heading into Overtime, both teams had 4 shots on goal but neither team could find the net. The game ended in a tie.
CNR Men's Soccer (2-3-1, 2-0-1 HVIAC) take on Culinary Institute of America, Sunday, October 8, 4:00 PM.  

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