Wild men's soccer season opener with Oswego ends in tie

Eli Lichtman '18 (Josh McKee photo)
Eli Lichtman '18 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College's Matt Cerveny '18 scored two goals and the Continentals played to a 3-3 non-conference tie with the SUNY Oswego Lakers at Hamilton's rain-soaked Love Field on Tuesday.

The Continentals were playing their first game of 2017 after they went 10-7-1 and reached the NESCAC championship final a year ago. The multi-goal game is the first for Cerveny, who now has three goals in his Hamilton career. Linds Cadwell '20 made three saves in his fourth career start.

Oswego (2-0-1 overall) has already scored 14 goals in just three games. Hassan Musa led the offense with a goal and an assist and tops the team with four goals and 11 points. Evan Bogucki, who posted a shutout in his previous start, stopped one shot.

Today's game marked the first tie between the teams since 2010 and is the sixth in the all-time series.

The Continentals rallied from a pair of one-goal deficits. Eli Lichtman '18 tied the score at 3-3 with his first career goal on a header from about six yards out in the 86th minute. Quinn O'Malley '18 set up Lichtman for the game-tying score.

Cerveny gave Hamilton a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute on a blast from just outside the 18-yard box after he received a pass from Jeffrey Plump '20.

Logan Sperano tied the score just 2:30 later when he scored on a one-timer from close range after Cadwell made a great save on a shot by Musa. Conor Vaughn put the visitors up by a goal in the 35th minute when he scored from around six yards out after Thomas Osborn sent a long pass into the box.

Cerveny wrapped up a wild 10 minutes with his second goal of the day in the 38th minute. Greg Milnarik '19 sent a lofted ball towards Aidan Wood '20, who flicked a header on to Cerveny for a one-timer from near the penalty kick area. The score was tied 2-2 at the half.

The score remained 2-2 until 5:48 left in regulation. Jason Siracuse sent a hard, bouncing pass to Musa and he hammered a one-timer from about 12 yards out that gave the Lakers the lead for 81 seconds until Lichtman's heroics.

Oswego's Connor Lunduski had the best chance for a game-winner in overtime as his shot banged off the right post with a little less than two minutes to go in the second extra period.

The Continentals host Bates for their first NESCAC game of the season on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 1:30 p.m. The contest will benefit the Go4theGoal Foundation in the organization's fight against pediatric cancer.