LakePoint, Ga. - Three ASUN Conference Men's Soccer games were on the schedule on Saturday. All three of them went double overtime with NJIT, North Florida and USC Upstate all picking up draws. The Highlanders held a top-25 opponent at bay, while North Florida produced a big second half comeback to earn the tie.
ASUN Men's Soccer Results - Saturday, Sept. 16th
NJIT 1, No. 18 Fairleigh Dickinson 1 - 2OT
USC Upstate 1, High Point 1 - 2OT
North Florida 2, Connecticut 2 - 2OT
NJIT hosted the No. 18-ranked team in the country and battled to a 1-1 double overtime draw in a very entertaining match. FDU took the lead the first half, but the Highlanders responded in the second period and found an equalizer when Paulino Marques scored his first of the season off the assist from Pablo Jimenez. Jimenez fired a strike in the box that was blocked and fell right to the foot of Marques who buried it in the corner to make it 1-1 in the 77th minute. In a physical match that saw eight yellow cards and one red, neither team was able to finish the match with a game-winner. NJIT fired off 21 total shots, but only six were on target. Victor Pujades made four saves in the net for the Highlanders who improved their record to 5-1-2 on the season.
The Ospreys traveled to Storrs, Ct. to take on a Connecticut squad that was in the preseason top-25. The Ospreys fell down in the first half when the Huskies scored twice in a 37-second span to take control of the match. At halftime, the Ospreys trailed 2-0, and could have been down more if not for Juanes Fajardo making a couple of big saves late in the half. Those saved proved critical as the Ospreys wasted no time in the second time to begin the comeback. Micah Smoak scored an absolute wonderstrike as he buried a free kick from 40 yards out into the upper 90 in the 47th minute to breathe life into the Ospreys team. The Ospreys continued to push for the equalizer and were rewarded in the 78th minute, when Josh Castellanos played a beautiful ball across the face of goal and Shane Nicholson converted at the far post. Both teams had some opportunities late in regulation and overtime, but neither side found a game-winner.
USC Upstate picked up the third draw of the night in ASUN Men's Soccer after taking a lead against High Point, but seeing the Panthers pull them back late. Santiago Restrepo made five saves in the match, and Michelangelo Dovidio scored in the 68th minute off a great free kick delivery from Jaedon Williamson. Dovidio was left unmarked at the top of the six yard box and calmly put the header into the corner for the 1-0 lead. The lead only lasted six minutes though, as High Point converted from close range to tie the score at 1-1. Neither side could muster many quality opportunities in the two overtime period to settle for the draw.
ASUN Men's Soccer Upcoming Schedule - Sunday, Sept. 17th
Stetson at Mercer - 12 PM
Jacksonville at Charlotte - 7 PM - CUSA.tv