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Wolverine men settle for draw with Saints

Wolverine men settle for draw with Saints

RIVERVIEW, Mich. – The University of Michigan-Dearborn men's soccer team hosted Aquinas College in a back-and-forth Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference contest Wednesday at Gabriel Richard High School in Riverview, Mich.

The teams closed the first half scoreless before offensive fireworks rolled in during the final 45 minutes of regulation, with each team scoring three times. After 20 minutes of scoreless overtime action, UM-Dearborn settled for a 3-3 tie with the Saints to move to 4-5-1 overall and 3-2-1 in the WHAC.

Aquinas got the scoring started 10 minutes into the second half, but Jack Barnett netted his third of the season on an assist from Vito Serra to pull the Wolverine even less than four minutes later.

UM-Dearborn earned a penalty kick in the 64th minute and for the second consecutive game, Jacob Drzyzga came through with a goal from the spot, making it 2-1. Christian Cuevas gave the Wolverines a two-goal lead with his third of the season in the 75th on an assist from Drzyzga.

The Wolverines looked to be in control, but the Saints rallied with two goals in 90 seconds in the final minutes of regulation to send the game to overtime.

UM-Dearborn outshot Aquinas 19-15 and held a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks. Brian Ostapenko made four saves in the game for the Wolverines, including two spectacular stops in the first half to keep the game scoreless.

UM-Dearborn remains home to host Madonna University at 3 pm Saturday at Gabriel Richard High School.

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