Shippensburg, PA -- The Nyack College men's soccer team opened its 2019 season with a trip to Shippensburg, PA to take on the Raiders who came off a 10-3-4 campaign last season. The Raiders came to Nyack in last years' campaign to upset the Warriors with 5-1.
Nyack started off quick when Samy Raymond had the chance for the opening goal five minutes into the game, but was denied in a last second effort by the Raiders defense. The game went back and forth through the first 20 minutes of the game until the Warriors finally broke the deadlock with 25 minutes left in the half. Sophomore midfielder Javier Fernandez scored a screamer from 25 yards out off an assists by Nyack's Mitchell Reed. Shippensburg pushed forward to find the tying goal but wa skept away by the Warrior defense for the remainder of the first half. Both teams recorded six shots in the first 45 minutes.
Shippensburg started the second half hot and pushed for the equalizer. Five minutes into the half the Raiders were denied by the crossbar. The majority of the shots the Nyack defense had to endure either went wide or were saved by freshman goalkeeper Jose Perez Piqueras. The Raiders kept pushing forward. which opened up space for the Warriors to find success through counter attacks. In the 58th minute Nyack used a blocked free kick attempt by the Raiders to fly down the field. Samy Raymond found Moritz Albrecht on the left side and the freshman from Hamburg, Germany scored his first collegiate goal to give Nyack a 2-0 lead.
Shippensburg refused to give up and was eventually rewarded with their first goal in the 63rd minute, when a cross found the Raiders' Seth Crabbe to cut down the Nyack lead. Shippensburg kept pushing but Nyack held on to their slim margin. With 44 seconds left in the game a long ball founds its way over the top of the Warriors defense were Shippensburg's Joey Gallucci scored the game tying goal to force over time.
Neither team found a way to find the game winner in the first ten minutes of extra time, which forced the game into double overtime. The Raiders almost left the goal as winners when a shot from the box bounced back off the crossbar four minutes into the second overtime period. On the other hand, the Warriors almost found their game winner when Lucas Fiuza missed the goal by inches after a corner.
The game finished with a final score of 2-2. Shippensburg outshot the Warriors by 24-14 shots, but only managed to put nine on targets compared to Nyack's six. Nyack's Jose Perez Piqueras came up with 7 saves on the day
The Warriors will be back next Friday when they host the Southern Connecticut St. University Owls for their 2019 home opener at 4pm on Moseley Field.