MSOC: Tech Opens Season With Tie

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Indiana Tech men’s soccer team played Shawnee State to a 1-1 tie in double overtime at Warrior Athletic Field on Saturday night. It was the 2014 home opener for Tech.

The Warriors (1-0-1) had numerous opportunities in the early going, outshooting the Bears (1-0-1) 13-3 in the first half. A few miscommunications and some poor shot placement kept the score even at nil, that is until the 38th minute when Connor Sherman, a 6-foot-7 defender for the Bears, got a head on a cross from Avery Patton, giving SSU the 1-0 lead.

Three minutes later, Braden Walker got the equalizer for the Warriors. The junior forward was just outside the six-yard box on the far side when Stuart Mitchell sent a cross that found the feet of Walker who scissor-kicked the ball into the net to tie the game at one.

Both teams had several chances in the second half, but the defense, especially the play of the goal keepers, get the game square at one headed into overtime. The Bears had two early chances in the first period of extra time, but a pair of stellar saves by Tech keeper, Mac Baker, kept the Warriors in the game.

As the teams began to tire, the scoring chances became less and with the stellar play of both keepers, the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

Tech outshot SSU20-11 in the contest, but had just a one shot, 10-9, margin in shots on frame. The Bears had the only three shots in the first overtime while Tech had the lone opportunity in the second.

Baker finished the contest with seven saves in 120 minutes of action while Justin Mahlmeieter made nine saves.

The Warriors return to action on Wednesday, Sept. 10 when they hose Taylor at 7 p.m. Live coverage of the event will be available at www.indianatechwarriors.com/live.

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