Chicopee, MA – The Elms College men's soccer team battled their way to a 2-2 draw on Wednesday night against the visiting Albertus Magnus Falcons on Leary Field.
The Falcons would strike first 16 minutes into the game when Abdoul Aremu got in behind the Blazer defense from a through ball and was able to slide a shot into the back of the Elms net.
The Blazers would battle back and control play, after several scoring opportunities, Elms found the equalizer in the 43rd minute. Justin Szwajkowski (Westhampton, MA) received a perfect pass from Babba Jaden (Clarkston, GA) and ripped a shot far post into the side netting sending the game into the half (1-1).
Elms would carry the momentum of Szwajkowski's goal into the second half and dominate the game. The Blazers would get the go ahead goal off the foot of Michael Lemke (Bristol, CT), the junior found himself in the front of the Albertus goal and buried a shot past the Falcons keeper, giving his team their first lead of the game.
The Blazer lead would be short lived. Just over two minutes after Elms found the go ahead goal the Falcons would find the equalizer. Salah Oumorou was taken down inside the 18 yard box and subsequently granted a penalty kick. Oumorou would step up and convert the PK, tying things up at 2-2.
Both team would have scoring chances before the end of regulation, but neither were able to convert, sending the game into overtime.
OT saw both teams have great chances to find the game winner. The best chance came from freshman Alex Egan (Watertown,MA) who blasted a shot that beat the Albertus keeper but sailed just over the crossbar, sending the game to a 2-2 finish.
Elms is back in action on Saturday 9/21 when they open up NECC play hosting Eastern Nazarene College at 4:00PM on Leary Field.