Jayhawks Suffer OT Loss At Home
Jamestown Community College did its best to hold on to a one-goal advantage against visiting Onondaga CC in an NJCAA Region 3 Division III men’s soccer game on a cold and rainy Sunday afternoon outside the Physical Education Complex, but was unable to do so.
The Lakers would even things up at 1-1 with 30 minutes remaining in regulation time, eventually adding the game winner in the second overtime period.
While there is no doubt that Jayhawks head coach Pat Anderson would have liked for his team to come away with a win, there were still plenty of positives to take away from the day.
“I liked it,” Anderson said when asked about the level of play he saw from his team. “There were sections of that game where we had really good control. I like the fact that our passing was quite solid. I think that, just like Onondaga, we kind of ran out of gas at the end. Everybody was just kind of hanging on, hoping to make it through at that point. As I told them, if we keep playing that brand of soccer, I think we have a chance to be pretty good, but we still have to finish and get the Ws.”
The Jayhawks would threaten late in regulation time with a shot that was fired off the crossbar, but could not maintain that offensive pressure into extra time.
In the first 10-minute sudden-death period, the Lakers nearly finished things off when a long clearing ball was struck towards Jayhawks keeper Jakob Moore.
That strike took an awkwardly high hop, bounding over the head of Moore, but was on line just to the left of the net, resulting in a goal kick.
Moments after that scare, Onondaga had another opportunity as Hunter Rutty worked his way through defenders and fed a ball through the six-yard box with no finisher in sight.
It was Rutty who would eventually pick up the game winner, finding an open shot off a feed by Alec Stasyuk that was ripped over the top of Moore.
“You have to be careful on your defensive side and, obviously, we had an extra slip there that cost us, but you do try to settle people in a little more and you do play a little more long ball,” Anderson said of the overtime strategy. “In that second overtime, in particular, and in the first overtime, you saw people trying to strike a longer ball and hoping to eat up a bunch of yardage so that you didn’t have to make too many passes in order to get to a scoring attempt.”
After the Jayhawks began the day with a pair of long drives on net from Che Boag and Michael Andalora, Rutty earned himself a golden opportunity to pick up the first goal of the game after winning a long ball.
Working his way into open space, Rutty would fire a shot right on target that was turned away by Moore for the first of his four saves on the day.
Jamestown CC got on the board with just under 16 minutes left to play in the opening half, as Nimish Gounder drew several defenders his way and made a crisp pass to Kyle Greswell.
The Brampton, Ontario native then struck a high chip that appeared to be on a line over the net. Thinking that the shot would be too high, Onondaga CC goaltender Lewis Herbert was caught looking as Greswell’s try dove down at the last moment for the opening score.
“We passed the ball very well and put it into a wide-open spot,” said Anderson, “so we had a really good look, and I’m not sure if he intended to put the spin on the ball that he did, but it was a beautiful goal. I thought it was going to go two feet over the bar and it just took a nice dive and dropped right in.”
Herbert would turn away nine shots on the day, but would like another crack at the one that got past him.
The Jayhawks would threaten once more early on in the second half with a header by Felipe Diaz and a low bending shot from Greswell that was punched away.
Moments after those opportunities, Abdirashid Abdi was sent on a fast rush for the Lakers, thanks to a pass from Samir Buljubasic.
With Moore leaving his crease to try and head off that charge, Abdi was able to turn the left edge for a low finish past the Jayhawks’ keeper.
The loss dropped Jamestown CC to 0-2-1 on the year, and the Jayhawks will now travel to Mercyhurst North East on Tuesday.