Trick play in overtime wins Quaker season opener

Trick play in overtime wins Quaker season opener

RICHMOND, Ind.-Earlham's men's soccer opened their season against the University of Cincinnati at Clermont (UC Clermont) Cougars with an exciting overtime win.

In the first period, neither team was able to find a consistent offensive rhythm. The only goal of the period came when Ryoji Fusegi set up an attack from 7 yards out, assisting midfielder Drew Fitzgibbon in scoring to put the Quakers up 1-0 at 27:49. During the remainder of the period, the Quakers had an impressive defensive standing, limiting the number of attacks UC Clermont had on the goal. Goalkeeper Nicola Manni saved all four attempts taken by the Cougar offense.

UC Clermont began the second period with an aggressive offensive attack, but the Quakers matched their efforts. The first attempt at a goal came from Andrew Belec, whose shot was high and just missed the net. A yellow card on UC Clermont's Alex Strohofer at 55:28 proved costly as Yuki Adams was granted a penalty kick that put the Quakers up 2-0. The action continued when Jalen Hjelmeng scored the first goal for the Cougars at the 67:07 mark to make the score 2-1. Trey Austin followed that effort by taking an impressive shot that hit high and in the middle of the net to tie the score 2-2. The Quakers and the Cougars ended regulation tied.

Earlham scored quickly in overtime with a well crafted trick play. Padgett Gustavson faked a goal attempt, Yuki Adams actually took the kick and scored to win the game 3-2, 1:28 into overtime.

Earlham had 14 shot attempts to UC Clermont's nine, and each team had five saves.

The Quakers will be taking on the St. Mary-Woods at 3:30pm on September 1 at home.  St. Mary-Woods is (0-1) on the season, just coming off of a loss to Franklin college.

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