Hackett's Pair Lifts William Paterson Over Hopkins in Overtime
Sept. 1, 2012
BALTIMORE, MD - Visiting William Paterson got a pair of goals from Marcus Hackett as the Pioneers rallied for a 2-1 overtime win over Johns Hopkins in the opening game of the Blue Jay Invitational Saturday afternoon at Homewood Field. The Blue Jays (0-1-0) will face fourth-ranked Rutgers-Camden in the final game of the tournament, while the Pioneers (1-0-0) will take on Wesley.
Sophomore Matt Carey got the Blue Jays on the board in the 22nd minute. Classmate Rob Heuler played a thru ball that sprung Carey. He beat his defender and as Pioneers' goalie Santiago Mesa came out to challenge, Carey blasted a shot inside the right post. William Paterson nearly pulled even in the 76th minute when Matt Nigro ripped a shot from about 15 yards out, but a handball on the Blue Jays in the box led to a red card and a penalty kick. David Chase took the kick for the Pioneers, going low to his right, but sophomore Nick Cerrone came up with the stop and the Blue Jay defense cleared the ball out of danger.
Less than five minutes later however, the Pioneers got the equalizer, capitalizing on their man-advantage. A bad clear by the defense led to the ball popping out to Hackett, who stepped up and volleyed a shot past an outstretched Cerrone and into the goal for the tying strike. Hackett then lifted his team to the victory in the 95th minute when he lofted a shot over Cerrone from about 30 yards out.
Cerrone finished with six saves in the loss, while Mesa made a pair of stops. William Paterson had the advantage in shots (18-8) while the corners were even at six apiece.
Hopkins will face Rutgers-Camden in the final game of the invitational on Sunday, September 2. The game is scheduled to start at 7:00 pm at Homewood Field. William Paterson will take on Wesley at 4:00 pm.
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