October 6, 2010

Lyndon rallies to tie Norwich

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — Trailing 2-0 late in the second half, Lyndon scored two goals in a 40- second span Wednesday to earn a 2-2 with Norwich University in men's non-conference soccer action.

With 6:33 left to play, Hornets midfielder Phil Curll (Camden, Maine) scored off a direct kick from 25 meters out to slash the Cadet advantage to one goal. Lyndon managed to regain possession of the ball off the ensuing kick-off and pushed the ball up the middle of the field to striker Teague Coyle (Northfield, N.H.) who unleashed a shot on goal from just outside the penalty area.

Norwich goalkeeper Alex Toomey managed to get a hand on the ball and knocked it down toward the goal line. However, in a desperate attempt to keep the ball from rolling slowly into the net, the Toomey tipped the shot onto the waiting foot of Richie Hackett (Barton, Vt.), who punched home the rebound to tie the score with 5:53 left to play.

Lyndon continued to pour on the pressure, but Norwich proved equal to the task, sending the game into tow 10-minute overtime periods. Lyndon had a chance to win the game midway through the second overtime session, but Tyler Bullard's shot from seven meters out cleared the cross bar by a foot and sailed harmlessly out of play.

Norwich took a 1-0 lead at the 14:52 mark of the first half when Eric Weir deposited the first of his two goals on the afternoon into the lower left corner of the net behind Lyndon goalkeeper Jason Gray (East thetford, Vt.). Garrett Shufelt assisted on the play.

Weir struck again early in the second half when Bridger Van Ness sent a ball across the goal mouth to Weir, who drilled a shot into the center of the net for a 2-0 Cadet lead.

Gray made six saves in the contest for Lyndon while Toomey turned aside seven. The Hornets outshot Norwich 21-14 in the game.