|Falcon men's soccer earns tie (09-03-13)|
|Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ Sentinel Sports Writer|
|Tuesday, 03 September 2013 08:41|
Chances were plentiful for Bowling Green State University's men's soccer team Monday night against the University of Michigan.
The Falcons controlled the first 30 minutes at Cochrane Stadium, but they could not continue that domination throughout the contest.
Instead the match, played before 2,148 fans, ended in a 1-1 tie that even two overtimes could not break.
"We're all right with the tie," said Falcon senior goalkeeper Michael Wiest, who had seven saves. "We thought we could've gotten the win, but we battled back right away."
Both teams are 1-0-1 on the season.
A goal by BG's Joey D'Agostino knotted the match at 1-all with just 8:07 left in regulation. D'Agostino's goal was assisted by Ryan Comiskey as the ball was knocked around right in front of the net prior to the goal.
The game-tying shot was one of eight from the Falcons in the second half, although they only had two on goal in the final 45 minutes of regulation.
BG held a 17-15 advantage in shots, but the Wolverines had eight on goal, compared to BG's five.
"We had to have quality in our movement, we needed to be patient, and the guys were," said BG coach Eric Nichols.
After battling back late in the second half, BG thought it had the game all but wrapped up, scoring with just over one minute remaining.
But the goal was waived off due to offsides and the Falcons and Wolverines, ranked No. 14 in Top Drawer Soccer poll, headed to overtime.
The shots were even at 4-4 between the two 10-minute sudden death periods with both goalkeepers coming up with a big save.
Wiest recorded one save in each OT while UM goalie Adam Grinwis had one save in the first OT and four in the match.
"He did exactly what we expect out of him," Nichols said of Wiest. "For us to win or get a good result in this game, he's going to have to come up with something big, and he did."
BG controlled possession for the better part of the first half even though each team came up with five shots.
The Falcons also had three corner kicks in the first 45 minutes, but couldn't convert on any.
"We were locking them down and we weren't giving them many chances," Nichols said. "We were getting some (chances) ourselves and we had a good flow."
The Wolverines gathered themselves and came up with the games opening goal, an unassisted 20-yard shot from the left side by Fabio Pereira, with just 3:50 left in the first half.
"We softened up a little bit and lost some of our defensive composure, and conceded the goal," Nichols said.
Both teams were extremely aggressive from the start and neither was afraid to create a hard foul. Wolverine midfielder Tyler Arnone was ejected after receiving a red card, only 22 seconds after UM took its 1-0 lead.
Still, the Falcons were unable to turn their one-man advantage into a win.
"That changed the game again," Nichols said of the ejection. "It's not always as easy as it seems because when a team takes a red card, then they don't have to push at all anymore; they can just sit back in a shell."
UM countered by sitting back and playing solid defense the rest of the way. It turned its defense into offense late in the game when the Wolverines had a couple of late chances to score what would have been the game-winning goal.
"The guys in front of me did a great job blocking shots, and disrupting anything in the air," Wiest said of the late-game defense. "I can't take too much credit for any of the saves because they play a big part in it."
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