Geneseo stung in OT by Yellowjackets

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PRINCE ATHLETIC COMPLEX – Senior Mouhammed Thiam redirected a Will Eisold shot with just 80 seconds remaining on the clock in double-overtime, giving the University of Rochester men’s soccer team a 1-0 victory over SUNY Geneseo on Tuesday evening at Edwin Fauver Stadium.

The tally was Thiam’s first of his career and came after a long throw in from Aiden Miller was deflected away by the Knights defense to Eisold.  The sophomore gathered the ball at the edge of the box, spun at the left wing and shot, with Thiam redirecting the kick just enough to see it trickle over the line off a deflection by Geneseo keeper Will Price.

Rochester (4-2) wins its fourth straight game and third in a row by a 1-0 score.  Geneseo meanwhile falls to 4-2 on the season.

Both teams had their chances in regulation.  The Yellowjackets hit the post three times in the contest, twice by Mitch Volis and once by Nate Leopold.

Geneseo meanwhile, nearly scored with two great chances in the 79th minute, including a shot from Liam Mulderig which slipped through Rochester goalie Hugh Curran’s hands but did not cross the goal line.  The follow up shot by Eren Aydin was struck wide left.

Overall, the Yellowjackets had a 12-7 shot advantage, with each team taking three corner kicks.  Curran and Price each made two saves in the goals.

UR’s first chance of the contest came when Volis clanged a top of the foot shot off the left post in the 20th minute.  The rebound came to first-year James Barata, but Price was able to recover in time for the save.

The Knights first shot on goal came courtesy of James Perrone, but Curran was there for the easy save in the low center of the net.

Twenty minutes into the second half, UR earned a free kick after a Knights foul.  Leopold stepped up to the ball from the right sideline about 40 yards from the goal and placed hit kick nearly perfect into the upper left 90, but the shot caromed off the post.  Zach Lawlor (Aquinas) was there for a follow up header, but his shot went high.

After Volis hit the left post for the second time in the 78th minute, Geneseo countered and ended up with their best attempts of the night from Mulderig and Aydin.

Rochester returns to action on Saturday, with a road contest at Hobart starting at 2 pm, while Geneseo hosts Rensselaer at 3:30, also on Saturday.

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