NEWTON, Mass. -- The Mount Ida men's soccer team rallied from an early deficit and played the visiting Norwich Cadets to a 1-1 tie in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action at Alumni Field on Wednesday night. The Mustangs celebrated senior night prior to the game, celebrating the careers of Riley Ford (Guilderland, N.Y.), Christian Martins (Westbrook, Conn.), Rob McClafferty (Abington, Mass.), Cody Seel (Petersburg, N.Y.), and Jeremy Sayers (Portsmouth, N.H.).
In a game that saw the Mustangs outshoot the Cadets 32-14, Mount Ida looked to push the tempo and put pressure on the Norwich backline. It looked like the home team would grab an early lead, but Norwich keeper Brendan Germano (Monroe Township, N.J.) was able to make a number of impressive saves to keep the score 0-0. The 25th minute would see the game's first goal, when Norwich senior Jeff Purdy (Grantham, N.H.) was able to tap a corner kick from Staige Davis (Shelbourne, V.T.) past the outstretched arms of Ford.
Mount Ida was able to tie up the score in the 36th minute when Jared Barroso (Central Falls, R.I) took a cross from Brandon Dickens (East Hartford, Conn.) and launched a header past Germano. It was the first goal for Barroso of the year and brought life back into the Mustangs. Action would go back and forth for the remainder of the half and the teams would head into the intermission tied 1-1.
Second half action would see both teams get a number of looks at the net, but both goalies stood strong and kept their teams tied at one apiece. A last minute shot from Adam Beaty (Middletown, Conn.) looked like the game-winner, but ultimately the shot ricocheted off the crossbar and the teams would head into overtime. Again the Mustangs had multiple looks at gamewinners, including a header from Jonathan Santos (Kearny, N.J.), but Germano was able to make the same. The final ten minutes saw the pace pick up tremendously. Cadets forward Luke Gleadle (Gilbert, Ariz.) launched a header that glanced off the crossbar and a last second shot from Mustangs forward Michael Porcello (Abington, Mass.) was unsuccessful and the night ended with a 1-1 draw.
Mount Ida moves to 8-5-2, 5-3-1 in GNAC action, while Norwich played their 5th overtime game of the season and moves to 7-3-5 and 5-0-4 in conference play. The Mustangs will head to Saint Joseph's (Me.) on Saturday for a matchup with the Monks at 4:00pm, while the Cadets return home to host Albertus Magnus on Saturday at 7:30pm.
Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts, providing career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation in the social sciences, humanities and the arts, all developed and implemented to prepare our approximately 1,450 students for success. The College is comprised of the School of Applied Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Design and the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, awarding associate, bachelor and master's degrees. www.mountida.edu