– A pair of undefeated programs in North Georgia and #15
Barry University went head-to-head on Sunday afternoon and both
teams would leave with unblemished marks after a 1-1 double
overtime tie in non-conference action.
The Saints move to 3-0-2 on the year, playing in their third double overtime contest of the season, while the Bucs see their record move to 1-0-2 on the year after two double overtime deadlocks in the last three days.
The Bucs set the tone for the game in the 27th minute as Sascha Koettig took a perfect cross in the box and buried a shot inside the right post, his third score of the year to make it a 1-0 Barry advantage. Joe Conkleton's perfect pass into the box gave the freshman his first collegiate assist, while Guilherme Oliveira was also credited with an assist on the play.
Barry would hold on to a 1-0 lead heading into intermission and carried the advantage until the 59th minute when a Barry player knocked the ball out of bounds to set up a North Georgia throw in.
Jamie Gleeson was called on and sent a throw into the box just a yard from the goal and 6 foot 5 inch Ben Chedgy rose above the crowd and headed home the equalizer, to create a 1-1 tie. For Chedgy, the senior snagged his second goal of the year, while Gleeson picked up his first collegiate assist.
The Saints and Bucs went scoreless the rest of the way, ending the Sunday afternoon battle in a double overtime 1-1 tie. Both teams had chances down the stretch, but it was North Georgia goalkeeper Rade Tanaskovic that shined, recording six saves in the game, including a pair of saves in each half and a single save in each overtime period.
Barry forward Kindall Sealy had a chance in the 9th minute, finding himself in a one-on-one opportunity with Tanaskovic, but the Barzilovica, Serbia, native came out to make a sliding save and keep the game scoreless.
The Bucs also appeared to have the game won in the 109th minute with a pass into the box that found sophomore forward Mark Anderson taking aim on a nearly open net, but his shot found the gloves of Tanaskovic who dove to his right to preserve the tie with just 56 seconds remaining in the game.
Barry goalkeeper Johnny Rodrigues tallied five saves and allowd the only North Georgia goal in 110 minutes of action to move his record to 1-0-2 on the 2010 campaign.
Barry University held a 15-14 advantage in shots, and a 10-6 edge in corner kicks, while North Georgia tallied 14 fouls to just 10 for the bucs. A slew of yellow cards were awarded as the Saints were whistled for four, including two for Chris Griffith who's immediate ejection forced North Georgia to play a man down for the final 1:47. Barry was given three yellow cards, with two of them coming in the 87th minute.
The Saints will have nearly a week off before returning to action next Saturday, playing host to 21st-ranked Montevallo in a Peach Belt Conference matchup at the Soccer Complex. North Georgia will kickoff with the undefeated Falcons at 7:30 p.m.