Oswego, N.Y.- The Lakers rallied late to earn a tie vs. Utica on Sunday afternoon.
The first half saw a physical battle, where both teams were outstanding at defending in their own zone. Both goalies stood on their heads in moments as well, even though the shots on goal were kept to a minimum.
The second half was where scoring got started, and it was Utica who struck first with a double deflection off a free kick opportunity. After a fortuitous bounce, the ball ended up going straight to Utica’s Jacob Sherline who headed it past Laker netminder, Brian Terra. Sherline’s marker was assisted by Austin McCarthy and Byamungu Mugushu.
Needing a goal to tie the game, Oswego’s leading scorer this season, Kyle Gehnrich found the back of the net, after a beautiful play to set him up by teammate Ryan Young. Young tip-toed his way along the baseline and set a precision pass to Gehnrich who put it far-side and in for the tying goal.
Both teams would come close to winning the game in O.T., as Utica’s Ramazani Juma and Oswego’s Kieran Gilroy each had their chances. A battle until the very end, the game would end in a 1-1 tie at the end of double overtime.
The Lakers will be back in action this Wednesday against Hamilton at 4 p.m., on Laker Turf Field.
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