October 25, 2009

Blue Devils Fall to LIU in Final Minute of Overtime

The Central Connecticut State University men's soccer team dropped its second straight double overtime defeat, falling to Long Island by a score of 1-0 on Sunday afternoon. The Blackbirds scored in the final minute of the second overtime to leave New Britain with the win and improve to 6-9-0 on the season and 3-4-0 in the Northeast Conference. With the loss CCSU falls to 6-7-1 this year, and hold a 1-5-1 NEC record. The Blue Devils will be on the road for their next two games, challenging Monmouth on Friday October 30 and taking on Mount St. Mary's on November 1.

Central had the offensive advantage in the first half, but could not take advantage of it. The Blue Devils outshot Long Island by a mark of 9-6 in the opening frame, and recorded six corner kicks to the Blackbirds' two. Both goalkeepers, senior Paul Armstrong of CCSU and sophomore Adam Janssen of LIU, only had to stop one shot each to keep the match scoreless before halftime.

As the second half went on things started to even out, as LIU finished with 12 shots to CCSU's 10. The Blackbirds flipped the corner kick mark, tallying six in the second period, as Central only recorded two. The Blue Devils best chance to take the advantage in the second half was when senior Hadji Diop received a long pass up the right side. The midfielder played it across to a streaking Eduardo Ortiz. The sophomore forward one-timed a near perfect shot that Janssen dove to get a hand on and knock it out of bounds. After 90 minutes the score remained 0-0.

Playing up a man, after a red card depleted the CCSU unit, Long Island took control in overtime. LIU outshot Central 8-3 in the two overtimes and finished with four corners to Central's one. It wasn't until the final minute that the Blackbirds took advantage of their offensive output. Freshman forward Jakeem Johnson got on the end of a deflected ball to give LIU the 1-0 win with only 47 seconds remaining in the game.

Armstrong finished with four saves for Central, while Janssen tallied six for LIU in the win.