PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's soccer team (0-6-1, 0-2-0 CACC) rallied to force overtime but fell to Concordia (N.Y.) (4-2-0, 3-0-0 CACC) in the extra session, 4-3, at Ravenhill Field on Saturday.
The Clippers controlled play in the opening half, outshooting the Rams, 9-0, in the period. They also had a 6-4 edge in corner kicks. Concordia got on the board in the 29th minute with a header off of a free kick.
Jefferson started to find its stride in the second half and evened the score in the 54th minute. In a near identical play as the Concordia goal, senior Sebastien Durand headed in a free kick by senior Charlie Livesey. The tie was short-lived, however, as the Clippers went back ahead just two minutes later on a diving header after a cross.
Livesey converted a penalty kick in the 64th minute to tie the game at two. Both teams became increasingly aggressive as the half went on and Concordia regained the advantage with its own penalty kick in the 70th minute. With time winding down in regulation, the Rams were awarded another penalty and Livesey made his second of the day to even the score at three and send the game to overtime. Jefferson led the shot count in the second half by a 12-7 margin.
The Rams registered three shots in the opening minutes of overtime but could not find the goal. On a Concordia opportunity in the 96th minute, Dennis Limani had his shot blocked in the box but Alessandro Battaglia followed it up with a game-winning blast into the left side of the cage.
- Senior Stephen Paul turned away eight shots for the Rams.
- It was the third overtime game for Jefferson this season, all coming at home.
The Rams travel to Chestnut Hill for a conference game on Wednesday, October 2 at 7 p.m.