Battle of the Boot Ends in 0-0 Draw

Battle of the Boot Ends in 0-0 Draw

SELINSGROVE, Pa. - For the first time in 14 annual matches, the Battle of the Boot rivalry game between the men's soccer teams of Susquehanna and Lycoming ended without a winner as the teams fought to a 0-0 tie after 110 minutes on Wednesday.

This result brings the series record to 10-3-1 in favor of SU. For the 2014 season, Susquehanna is now 1-1-1 while Lycoming remains undefeated at 2-0-1.

The first half was a back-and-forth contest with few clear scoring opportunities for either side. Sophomore David Aurand (Shamokin Dam, Pa. / Selinsgrove Area) had an early header toward net for the Crusaders' only shot on goal in the first half.

On the other end, senior Zach Zoller (Wall Township, N.J. / Wall) earned his second shutout of the young season after turning away eight shots, two of which came in the first period.

The Warriors came out of half with two early chances to pull ahead, but a shot from Keenthy Yeboah sailed wide and a dangerous free kick just outside the box in the 60th minute was redirected off the crossbar by Zoller.

SU answered with offense of its own, but was similarly unsuccessful in finding the back of the net. Senior David Trank (Mendham, N.J. / West Morris Mendham) missed a shot wide in the 73rd minute and a threatening pass across the box from Nick Fecci (Point Pleasant, N.J. / Point Pleasant) in the 77th failed to find a target.

Zoller was again called into service before the end of regulation, saving two headers from corner kicks inside of 10 minutes to play. The keeper was also impressive in the first overtime as he made two saves, including a point-blank stop in the 93rd minute to preserve the tie.

The rivalry game proved to be a physical contest with both teams combining for 33 fouls and three yellow cards. Lycoming held a 14-7 lead in total shots, but the Crusaders finished with an advantage in corners, edging the Warriors six to three.

SU will compete this weekend at the Cialella Soccer Classic hosted by Rutgers-Camden, who is currently ranked 12th in the country. The Crusaders play New Jersey City on Sept. 6 and face the hosts on Sept. 7.