Eastern University Athletics

09/11/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/11/2019 21:00

Men's Soccer Falls in Double Overtime to Swarthmore

ST. DAVIDS, Pa.- A pair of eleventh hour goals undid a positive effort by a young Eastern University Men's Soccer squad against a veteran and unbeaten group from Swarthmore College (5-0). The visiting Garnet scored an equalizer in the 85th minute and converted the game winner in the 109th. put the Eagles up with a tally in the 58th minute.

How It Happened:
The Eagles (2-3) had nearly all the play in the opening half hour, but the Garnet were patient in defense and looked dangerous in the counter. Eastern was unable to turn nine first-half corners into a shot on goal. had the best chance early. His headed shot in the seventh minute slid just wide of the right upright.

The Garnet gathered some steam in the later part of the half and held a 6-3 edge in shots at the intermission.

The Eagles had their moment of quality as the game approached the hour mark. found space behind the Garnet defense at the end of a five pass sequence. As the Swarthmore defensive core collapsed, Lloyd dropped a pass out to the top of the box. Sutherland smashed a right-footed shot to the lower right corner for the lead. It is the third year in a row that the junior has scored against the Garnet. He picked up the overtime game-winner last fall.

His tally, however would not stand as a game-winner this year.

After an extended period of late pressure, Swarthmore edged up the right side. Michael Gross dropped a ball into central space and Woojin Shin met it with a first-time hit to level the score with just over five minutes to play.

The Garnet had a great chance to win in regulation, but foiled a breakaway effort in the 88th minute.

Both teams had periods of extended pressure in the extra periods, and despite both teams committing resources forward, the match looked like it might be heading for a draw. The Garnet earned a corner on the left that the Eagles defended, but a foul called near the touchline on the right gave the Garnet another chance. Shin served the ball into the scoring area and the Eastern clear fell right to Joe Bariie. He took a touch out of his feet and left no doubt with a strong strike to the upper corner from 18 yards out.

Coach Payne Says:
'Overall, [this was] a much better performance today. I thought we were in control of the match up until we scored the first goal. I don't think that we played well after taking the lead. We looked unsettled and maybe panicked a little playing with the lead. Hopefully our young group learns from this experience and can be better for it.'

'We want to get results. It hurts when we don't, but I think today showed that we are getting better with our group and we will continue to grow.'

'We will continue to play tough teams and that is what we want to do in this program. We schedule teams that we know can beat us if we don't play well. A lot of the teams we play can beat us even when we do play well. You get better by playing good teams and programs.'

Up Next:
The Eagles will host Alvernia University Golden Wolves on Olson Field this Saturday at 3:00 pm.