The Vermont Catamounts and the Dartmouth Big Green played to a 1-1 draw after 110 minutes of soccer Saturday afternoon in front of an Alumni Weekend crowd of 1,710 fans.
In the 26th minute with the Catamounts looking to get on the board first Brian Wright earned a penalty kick after he was pushed to the ground by a Big Green defender. Loftur Eriksson, who had converted two penalties this season, stepped up to take the opportunity. Eriksson had Dartmouth goalkeeper James Hickok fooled on the play, but missed just over the crossbar.
Minutes later Dartmouth got on the board as Jonathan Nierenberg scored his first goal of the season in the 29th minute. Emmanuel Arteaga centered a perfect cross in the box to Nierenberg who headed it past the UVM goalkeeper Aron Runarsson.
In the second half Stefan Lamanna scored his third goal of the season to get the teams back level in the 69th minute. Lamanna corralled a feed from Jon Arnar Barodal just outside the box before firing a strike just under the bar to make it 1-1.
The Catamounts pressed for a winner in the late stages of the second half but after 90 minutes they were headed to overtime for the third time this season.
Vermont had the best chance to produce a winner in the second overtime. From the end line Lamanna found Bernard Yeboah open for a header that he fired off the crossbar and out.
"We thought we were going to nick one there at the end, whether it was at the end of regulation or in overtime," Lamanna said. "It was a little gut wrenching, but we'll move on. We have other huge games coming up and hopefully a long rest of the season."
With the tie the Catamounts record is 8-1-1, including a 2-0-1 record against teams that made the NCAA Tournament last season. The tie was the Big Green's fourth this season as they sit at 1-2-4.
Courtesy: Vermont Athletics
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