Pascual-Leone’s Equalizer in the 90th Minute Lifts Jeffs to 2-2 Double Overtime Draw with MSMC

Pascual-Leone’s Equalizer in the 90th Minute Lifts Jeffs to 2-2 Double Overtime Draw with MSMC

NEWBURGH, N.Y. – Nico Pascual-Leone '16 netted the game-tying goal with 49 seconds remaining in regulation to help spark the 22nd-ranked Amherst College men's soccer team to a 2-2 double overtime draw against Mount Saint Mary College in non-league play at Kaplan Field.

With the tie, Amherst moves to 10-1-3 on the season, while Mount Saint Mary moves to 10-4-2 overall.

With Mount Saint Mary leading, 2-1 following back-to-back goals by Chris Marchese and Matt Garcia, Amherst found the equalizer with just 49 seconds left in the contest, as Cameron Bean '17, playing on the right wing, sent a cross into the box which Pascual-Leone deposited into the back of the net to level the match at 2-2 and force extra time.

After playing a scoreless first period of overtime, the sides entered double overtime, and Amherst had the two best opportunities to net the game-winner. Pascual-Leone delivered a shot from the top of the box which was blocked by the Knights' defense at the 106:23 mark.

Just 30 seconds later, Forest Sisk '17 lined up a corner kick which he sent to Pascual-Leone who headed it towards net, but Mount Saint Mary's goalkeeper Austin Peluso turned the shot away to keep the game knotted at 2-2. Pascual-Leone had another look at the game-winner in the 109th minute, but his shot was blocked.

Amherst outshot the Knights, 21-3, including 8-3 in shots on goal. Both teams notched five corners, while Peluso made six saves in the draw. The Jeffs' junior net-minder Thomas Bull made one stop.

The Purple & White drew first blood following a scoreless first half when Greg Singer '16 slotted in his third goal of the season off a free kick from Pascual-Leone at the 62:47 mark to start a stretch of three goals between the teams in less than nine minutes.

Amherst wraps up its regular season on Wednesday, Oct. 29 when it hosts NESCAC rival Trinity College at 3:30 p.m. at Hitchcock Field.