FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University men's soccer team jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but couldn't hang on before settling for the 2-2 tie after two overtimes to visiting St. John's University (Minn.) in non-conference action this evening, Sept. 7.
Everett Zank and Nate Peltonen accounted for both Sabre goals as Marian took their first lead of the season in the third match of the campaign. A fifth minute score gave MU an early advantage and Peltonen added to it in the 46th minute before the Johnnies stormed back with goals in the 60th and 64th minutes.
The Sabres move to 0-2-1 on the season, while the Johnnies move to 1-0-2.
Zank put home a shot amidst traffic in a congested six-yard box. Peltonen found Zank cutting on the opposite side of the goal and gave Marian the early lead.
It would stay that way through a first half in which Marian held control of the ball and led 8-6 in shots. The Sabres came out in the second half with the same high intensity that it played with through the first half. It paid dividends as Zach Peltonen made a run at the goal and his brother Nate was there to clean up the rebound to make it 2-0.
As the game appeared to be getting away from the Johnnies, the seventh-ranked team in the north region mounted a furious comeback. Back-to-back chances were converted by Joe Balder and Zane Heinselman to tie the game in 64th minute.
The remainder of the game was a physical battle for field position. Several scoring chances fell to the wayside while the Johnnies outshot the Sabres 14-7 in the second half and overtime. Early in the first overtime, Jose Chavez-Flores had a chance to put one away on the far post, but his redirect glanced just wide of the right post.
Marian goalkeeper Bryce Woldt made a crucial save at his feet late in the second overtime to preserve the tie.
The Sabres will be back in action again Sunday as they play host to visiting Adrian College. The match is slated to begin at 1 p.m. at Smith Fields.