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SUNY Canton, Potsdam Play To 1-1 Tie

CANTON - The SUNY Potsdam men's soccer team (2-0-1) tied the SUNY Canton Kangaroos (1-0-2) 1-1 on Wednesday night. The two teams battled for two overtimes in a game where offensive chances were tough to come by. Senior forward Teddy Bruschini (Wilton, N.Y./South Glens Falls) scored for the Bears and freshman midfielder Shayne O'Neill got the equalizer for the Kangaroos.

For much of the opening period, neither team was able to generate enough opportunities to score. The Bears struck first and took the only lead of the contest. About midway through the half, Canton was called for a foul. Bruschini then connected on his penalty kick at 23:26. This was the only score of the first half, with Potsdam taking the 1-0 advantage into the break.

It was more of the same in the second half. The Kangaroos were eventually able to tie up the contest 12 minutes into the final 45 minutes. O'Neill gained control of the ball after a scramble in the goal area and his instep kick sent the ball in the center of the net. As time wound down, Bruschini brought the pressure to the Kangaroos, challenging the goalie seven times in the half, but was unable to break the tie.

The Kangaroos had an opportunity in the second overtime and nearly won the game. After a header shot by a teammate, freshman midfielder Agustin Nunez was able to gain control of the ball, but his kick sailed wide.

Sophomore goalkeeper Conor Callan (Piermont, N.Y./Tappan Zee) was rarely challenged, finishing without a save for the Bears. Sophomore Dawson Pellerin made seven saves for Canton.

Potsdam had a 16-11 advantage in shots and a 10-2 advantage in corner kicks.

The Bears continue their road trip on Friday at 4 p.m. against Old Westbury.

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