ITACA, NY – The Ithaca College men’s soccer team completed their early season no-conference list by hosting the Lycoming Warriors Tuesday night at Higgins Stadium. The Bombers drew 1-1 with the Warriors after an impressive goal that was scored with just six seconds left, which was scored by Jackson Fox. The Bombers’ record advances to 1-4-2 for the season, while Lycoming drops to 3-1-4.
Junior Ian Whitfield started at the net after a game in a 1–0 win against SUNY Brockport on September 16. Whitfield made 6 saves on his return to the field as the Bombers were defeated 10-9 in the tie.
The match started at a slow pace, with neither team having strong possession of the ball in any of the attacking thirds. The first scoring chance of the game came from a header by junior Joe Bamfo after a free kick, which was saved by Whitfield in the 10th minute.
Lycoming found another scoring chance in the 21st minute from a header by junior Dylan Sloan for the Warriors’ second shot of the night and second all-time shot of the game. The Bombers recorded their first kick to the senior’s right leg Brendan Lebitschthat whizzed over the bar.
Lycoming would find another scoring opportunity in the 31st minute, which was pitched in by midfielder Christian Barnes, who was denied by a Whitfield save to keep the game scoreless. 10 minutes later, first year André Kusek would find a great scoring chance for the Bombers, but was negated by a sliding block attempt by the Warriors to keep just one shot on goal for Ithaca.
The second half began on a much stronger note for the Bombers, who had two glorious scoring chances that were saved in front of the Warriors’ net. Lycoming would follow up with an emphatic chance of his own with first-year Thomas Geyser kicking one of his left foot, but was eventually stopped in a Whitfield dive.
Lycoming finally opened the scoring in the 67th minute with a goal from junior Reuben Devaney, which came off the rebound of a Whitfield diving save. The Bombers nearly equalized in the 72nd minute, when the Jack McCarthy sent his free-kick just above the crossbar.
Lycoming would have two more scoring opportunities to end the game in the 81st minute, but Whitfield made two consecutive saves to keep it 1-0. A minute later the Bombers would look great to tie the game, but junior Thaib Abidi would pass the ball over the net, which kept the Warriors in the lead.
The Bombers would score in the final seconds of the match, when Jackson Fox would find the back of the net with six seconds on the clock, to tie the game at 1-1.
The Bombers will open the Liberty League game on Saturday, September 24, as they host Clarkson University at 2pm at Carp Wood Field.