Newton, MA - The Albertus Magnus College Men's Soccer team earned a hardfought 2-2 tie in a thrilling Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) against Lasell College on Saturday afternoon. The Falcons held a 2-0 advantage late in the second half but couldn't hold the lead on a windy cold day. The final eight minutes of regulation provided game winning opportunities for both teams with eachother's goal keepers making stops forcing overtime. The two overtime periods continued to be physical with the match ultimately concluding in a 2-2 tie.
The Falcons earned a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute, finishing a corner kick off the foot of sophomore midfielder Steven Zapata (Hamden, CT/Hamden). Zapata's corner kick bent into the top far corner of the Lasers' net past Lasell's goalkeeper for the score.
Albertus stretched the lead to 2-0 when sophomore forward Alphonse Buccitti (West Haven, CT/Notre Dame) beat out a Lasell defender in a race to a long pass and crossed it to junior forward Jamal Howard (West Haven, CT) who was left alone on the top of the eighteen where he blasted a shot into the back of the net.
The Falcons saw their lead cut to 2-1 when sophomore midfielder Isaac Soares (Somerset, MA/Somerset) struck first, notching a goal in the 81st minute driving a shot by freshman Falcon keeper Donato Piroscafo (Naugatuck, CT/Naugatuck) from the left wing. Senior forward Dan Hatch (Avon, MA/Avon) evened the score 2-2 in the 83rd minute finishing from 25 yards out and putting the goal just out of reach of a diving Piroscafo in the back of the net.
Both overtime periods remained physical but resulted in a 2-2 tie.
The Falcons are 11-4-1, 4-2-1 GNAC while Lasell is 6-6-2, 6-0-2 GNAC. Albertus travels to Nashua, NH to take on GNAC opponent Rivier College on Wednesday night at 7:00 pm.