PHILADELPHIA – Midfielder Armando Canela (Marlborough, Mass./Marlborough) scored on a free kick with 14.4 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Philadelphia University men's soccer team a 1-1 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) draw against host Holy Family Thursday afternoon on Tiger Field.
Trailing 1-0, Philadelphia (1-4-1, 1-2-1 CACC) earned a big advantage at the 38:08 mark of the first half as Holy Family's Justin Hiltwine received a straight red card for a dangerous tackle in the center of the field, forcing the Tigers to play with 10.
Then, the Rams started putting the Tigers under serious pressure, attempting four shots before halftime.
The Rams tried to gain offensive momentum, but had four potential opportunities erased by an offside call. Before getting the equalizer, Philadelphia put six shots at the Holy Family goal, getting four on target that would be stopped by Dylan Rutledge.
Philadelphia would earn a free kick with 17.7 seconds left after Canela was taken down by Vonate Hillard. Canela—who scored his first goal of the season—launched his kick into the box from about 40 yards away from goal. Rutledge charged out of his goal to play the ball, but instead collided with a teammate in midair and had the ball bounce off his left arm into the wide open net.
Hunter Dyson (Broomall, Pa./Marple Newtown) and James Tesoriero (Ramsey, N.J./Ramsey) both had solid chances in the first overtime session to win the match for the Rams. Dyson's shot from 25 yards away was corralled by Rutledge—one of seven he made in the contest—with 2:18 gone by and Tesoriero just missed at the near point with Rutledge in scramble mode three minutes later.
Both teams had an attempt at a game-winning goal during the second overtime period. The Tigers' Matthew Tracy had an opportunity from in close that required Eric Gutierrez (Croydon, Pa./Harry S. Truman) to leap and punch the ball over the bar. It was the last of Gutierrez's four saves. In the final 1:08, Dermot Hughes (North Chittenden, Vt./Proctor) made a run down the left side of the 18-year box and had his shot going to the far side stopped by Rutledge.
Allan Loor gave the Tigers (1-5-1, 0-2-1 CACC) a 1-0 lead with his first goal of 2016 at the 18:52 mark.
Philadelphia attempted a season-high 23 shots, while holding Holy Family to six attempts.
The Rams return to Ravenhill Field to face Felician University in a CACC Homecoming Day showdown on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2:30 p.m. on Ravenhill Field.