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Men's Soccer Fit to be Tied

Men's Soccer Fit to be Tied

BOSTON, Mass. – Neither Wentworth nor Western New England could find the back of the net after 110:00 of action as the two men's soccer team battled to a scoreless tie in Commonwealth Coast Conference action on Sweeney Field Wednesday night.

Western New England had three chances in the first 17 minutes of action, but all were thwarted by Leopard junior keeper Cody Gibb (Foster, R.I.). In the 32nd minute of play the Golden Bears had another opportunity to break the ice when Gibb came out to break up a play. However, Western New England freshman Chad Burke (Boxford, Mass.) would take a shot into an open net that was cleared out by a Wentworth back line player.

The Leopards put pressure on in the second half and had a fair number of chances to score, including when sophomore Bobby Tzaneros' (Succasunna, N.J.) shot just sailed over the crossbar in the 50th minute. Wentworth also had a chance in the 85th minute, however Golden Bear sophomore keeper Ben LaVallee (Bristol, Conn.) made a save to keep the game scoreless.

In the first overtime period Western New England had a 4-0 shot advantage, including when a senior Shawn DaCruz (Ludlow, Mass.) shot hit the post with 26 ticks left.

Wentworth had a chance off of a corner kick in the opening seconds of the second overtime, but a shot attempt was blocked and cleared out.

The Golden Bears had two corner kicks late in the frame, but were unable to end the game. DaCruz put one final shot on net just before time expired that Gibb saved.

Gibb made nine saves, while LaVallee made seven. Western New England held a 23-21 shot advantage and a 6-5 corner kick advantage, with three of its six corners coming in the second overtime.

Both teams are back in action on Saturday. Wentworth (1-7-2, 1-2-1) is at Gordon while Western New England (5-5-2, 2-1-1) is at Nichols.