CHICOPEE, Mass. – The Curry College men's soccer team fought to a nil-nil draw at Elms College on Wednesday afternoon. The Colonels move to 2-8-1 on the year while the Blazers collect their third tie at 1-6-3.
Both teams came out swinging, combining to take four shots on goal in the first 20 minutes, but both goalies managed to keep their slates clean. Curry junior Jonathan Sarkis (East Walpole, Mass.) found the crossbar in the 23rd minute, but it would be the closest of the Colonels' six shots in the first half.
Tempers rose in the second half, as the 57th minute saw three yellow cards assessed, but the opponents remained at full-strength. Seven minutes later, the Colonels looked to convert a pair of corner kicks, but came up empty, as the contest remained scoreless. With just 10 minutes remaining in regulation, Elms goalkeeper Julian Brosi (West Newbury, Mass.) turned away a pair of shots from Mitchell Forbes (Boxford, Mass.), before denying Forbes once again four minutes later to lock up a scoreless second half and send the teams to overtime.
The Blazers possessed the ball for the majority of the first 10-minute overtime period, recording a pair of shots on goal but failing to find the match's golden goal. The hosts recorded the only shot on goal in second overtime, but the teams parted ways with a 0-0 draw.
In his first collegiate start, Jan Bacerra (Chappaqua, N.Y., 0-0-1) turned in 11 saves, while Elms' keeper Julian Brosi (West Newbury, Mass., 0-4-3) collected six. Forbes and Claudio Orsini (Watertown, Conn.) led the Colonels with three shots each while the Blazers were led by Alex Egan (Watertown, Mass.), who registered five shots.
The Colonels return to the pitch on Friday, October 4, as they host the Gulls of Endicott College. The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) match is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., kicking off Curry's Homecoming and Family Weekend. Elms gets back to work on Saturday, October 5, as they host New England College at 12:00 p.m. in a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) contest.