Cedarville’s men’s soccer team rallied late tonight, battling Trevecca Nazarene University to a 2-2 tie in their G-MAC opener.
Down 2-1 to the Trojans with a minute left in regulation, the Yellow Jackets stepped up. Forward Ethan Lee bicycle kicked a cross from forward Connor Gilmour into the back of the net, tying the game with 59 seconds left. The game went into overtime, where both teams had chances to win, but strong keeper play and near misses left the game tied 2-2 at the end of the two overtime periods.
During the first half, neither team was able to get on the board. Cedarville’s Daniel Rigby got the scoring started with a goal in the 58th minute off of a rebound off the Trevecca keeper. The Trojans answered back in the 73rd minute when Bruno De Moraes bent a free kick from 25 yards out around the Cedarville wall into the upper left corner of the goal. Trevecca proceeded to take the lead six minutes later when Ryan Walls headed a corner kick from De Moraes into the lower left corner of the net.
Cedarville was selected as the favorite to repeat as G-MAC champions in the conference’s coaches’ poll. Trevecca was ranked third in that poll behind Cedarville and Davis & Elkins. Last season, the Yellow Jackets finished second in the G-MAC for the regular season, but defeated top seed Davis & Elkins in the championship of the conference tournament 1-0 on penalty kicks.
Cedarville (2-1-2 (0-0-1 GMAC)) has one more home game this week. They face GMAC opponent Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday as the second match of a double header with the women’s team. The women will kick off at 4:30 p.m. with the men to follow at 7:00 for those games. After that the men will host Gannon University on September 23 at 7 p.m..
Tyler Greenwood is a sophomore mechanical engineering major and a sports reporter for Cedars.