LEICESTER, Mass. – In their first game in 515 days, the Becker Hawks men's soccer program returned to play with a scoreless draw with the Elms Blazers on Saturday afternoon from Alumni Field. Becker's last game came Oct. 30, 2019, at Western Connecticut State.
March 27, 2021
Score: Becker 0 – Elms 0 (Final – 2OT)
Records: The Becker College Hawks 0-0-1 | The Elms College Blazers 0-0-1
After a scoreless regulation, overtime provided a handful of chances for both sides to earn the victory.
In the 92nd minute, the Hawks had one of their best chances on a long cross from around midfield that was flicked on at the top of the box by senior Leemar Baptista (Brockton, Mass.). That flick on was in the direction of senior Colby Koch (Norfolk, Mass.), who was crashing toward the Blazers net.
But before Koch could make a play on net, Blazers sophomore goalie Brandon Mclean (Windsor, Conn.) secured the loose ball and ending the threat.
Baptista would have an opportunity later in the first overtime, looking as though he got in behind the Blazers defense, but strong hustle and a blocked shot attempted off the foot of Baptista forced a second overtime.
In that overtime, Blazers junior Pedro Duarte (Chicopee, Mass.) owned the best scoring chance of the extra period.
On an Elms throw-in deep in Becker territory, the ball was deflected inadvertently toward Hawks freshman goalie Luke Speers (Collegeville, Pa.).
Duarte was able to make an adjustment to the deflected ball and crash toward the net, but not before Speers controlled the deflection with his outstretched arms overhead.
FOR THE HAWKS
- Koch came away with the Hawks lone shot on goal, a 52nd minute shot from the top of the box that was saved by Mclean.
- Speers was impressive in his collegiate debut as he finished with seven saves in the draw.
FOR THE BLAZERS
- Sophomore Musa Jiana (Brikama, Gambia) led the Blazers with two shots on goal.
- Mclean made just the one save for the Blazers in his first career start in goal.
The Hawks and Blazers have less than 24 hours to prepare for their rematch as Elms hosts Becker on Sunday at noon.