Men’s Soccer Battles Back for 2-2 Draw in League Opener
DAVIDSON, N.C. – Facing a two-goal deficit early in the second half, Davidson got a pair of late goals from freshman Adam Luckhurst as the Wildcats battled back for a 2-2 (2OT) draw with George Mason in Atlantic 10 men’s soccer action Sunday at Alumni Stadium.
The ‘Cats move to 1-2-1 overall and 0-0-1 in league play, while the Patriots pick up their first point improving to 0-3-1 and 0-0-1.
Scoreless at the break, Kent Harrison netted goals 81 seconds apart to put the Patriots in front, 2-0. After Leon Reilhac found the head of Harrison with a long centering pass over the defense at the 46:37 mark, Harrison struck again off a through ball from Christopher Schray.
In the 75th minute, Davidson’s Connor Smith beat his defender and played it across to the cutting Luckhurst to make it a one-goal game.
Seven minutes later the freshman provided the equalizer and his second collegiate score with a driving header off a perfectly placed Connor Smith corner.
Davidson, which held a commanding 20-8 advantage in shots, had a few of solid chances in the opening half, including a free kick from Luckhurst from just outside the box that hit the right post.
The ‘Cats had the only chances in the extra sessions, including Henry Howell’s one v. one with just over a minute left that was struck right at Jackson Lee.
In addition, the Wildcats finished with an 11-7 edge in corners kicks.
George Mason’s Lee led both keepers with 7 saves, while Giacomo Piccardo recorded a pair of diving first-half stops for the ‘Cats.
Davidson will conclude its three-match homestand Wednesday when VCU visits 1992 Team Field for a 7 p.m. start.