BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Andrew Celsus scored in the 73rd minute to
force overtime on the road at Long Island Saturday night, as the Columbia men's
soccer team played the Blackbirds to a 1-1 tie.
LIU-Brooklyn wasted little time getting on the board,
scoring in the third minute of the contest. The Blackbirds worked the ball up
the right side and then into the box where Jakeem Johnson was able to send a
pass to Robert Soto who knocked it into the back of the net, inside the far
Between the 12th and 20th minutes, Columbia reeled off five
shots, but the equalizer was not among those attempts.
It was a middle-third battle through the remainder of the half,
as LIU took a 1-0 lead into the halftime intermission.
The Lions recorded the first shot of the second stanza, a
Quentin Grigsby blast that went wide in the 56th minute. Columbia kept the
pressure on, as Jack Gagne had his header attempt off a Kofi Agyapong corner
kick go just wide of the post in the 68th minute.
The Columbia intensity would pay off just five minutes
later, as Celsus slammed home a rebound to even the game at 1-1. Celsus
corralled the ball off an Agyapong attempt and put it past the LIU goalie.
Neither team would place a shot on goal through the remainder
of the second half, sending the contest to overtime. In the first overtime, the
Lions had three early chances off corner kicks, but were unable to connect. LIU's
lone shot of the first extra period was saved by Columbia keeper, Kyle Jackson.
The tension of the match came to a head at the conclusion of the first
overtime, as Columbia's Grigsby and LIU's Nathan Stockie were each issued
In the second overtime, both goalkeepers came up with saves
in the final minutes to preserve the 1-1 tie. In the 107th, Stockie turned away
an Agyapong attempt, while Jackson deterred Tanner Sica from scoring in the
Both teams finished with 15 shots, while Columbia held the
edge in corner kicks, 12-9. Jackson finished the game with six saves, as
Columbia moves to 2-4-1 on the season. The Lions will next be in action
Tuesday, making the short trip to Queens, N.Y. to square off against St. John's.