Written by Antoine Lynch, Athletics Media Specialist
RALEIGH, N.C. – The Shaw University men's soccer team battled with host Tusculum College for a hard fought 2-2 draw on the road Wednesday evening in Greenville, Tenn. from Pioneer Field.
Shaw is 2-6-2 on the season, going three straight matches without a loss.
The Bears found itself trailing early in the contest as Tusculum fired a shot in the back of the net just four minutes in. The Bears settled down after the early deficit getting the equalizer in the 37' as sophomore Marc Almazor (Brooklyn, NY) took a pass from senior Eric Huete (Alcobendas, Spain) and tied the match at 1-1 which resulted in the half time score.
A key substitution almost midway through the half provided great results for the Bears when Freshman forward Gianluca Evers (Brunswick, Germany) entered the match as a sub in the 60'. Six minutes later, Evers converted a pass from freshman Andrew Camilio (London, England) for the Bears second goal to put Shaw ahead 2-1. The Bears would go a man down as a red card was awarded in the 76'. Using the man advantage, the Pioneer's tied the match at 2-2 in the 81'. Neither team could cross the goal line before full time sending the match to overtime.
Both teams had chances to escape with the win during the extra periods but were denied by great goaltending from both ends. Shaw would get its last chance for the win with a free kick beyond midfield with less than a minute remaining in the second overtime period. The Pioneers defended it well earning one last look with less than 10 seconds left but would be denied after sophomore keeper Theo Delaleu (Les Essarts Le Roi, France) made the save of the match stopping a point blank shot from inside the box keeping the score 2-2 for the final.
Shaw returns to the pitch Monday, Oct. 14 as they continue their road trip at Piedmont International for a 6 p.m. kickoff.
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