Manchester, N.H.. (August 23, 2007) – Brandon Whitsett (Jr., Palm Harbor, Fla.) scored a dramatic equalizer with seven-seconds left in regulation to lift the Saint Leo University men’s soccer team (0-0-1) to a hard fought 2-2 draw at Southern New Hampshire University (0-0-1) on Thursday night in both teams' 2007 season opener.
Whitsett connected on a half volley from the right side of the penalty area that went across the face of goal and beyond the reach of Penmen goalkeeper Dan Pelc to send the match into extra-time. The Lions had to battle back from two one-goal deficits to earn a share of the spoils on the night.
SNHU had opened the scoring in the third minute when a corner kick from Simon Kearney found its way to Paulson Edum who slotted inside the right upright for the go-ahead goal in the third minute.
Saint Leo equalized when Whitsett combined neatly with Eusebio Montoya (Jr., Smithfield, N.C.) on a one-two, which eventually saw Montoya behind the defense and one on one with Pelc. The junior striker calmly curled the ball beyond the reach of the ‘keeper to level the score.
The Penmen regained their advantage in he 32nd minute on another set piece, as a free kick from Kevin Woods was met by the head of Matt Delaney to give the home side a 2-1 lead.
Early in the second half, the Lions were denied the equalizer when freshman Bruce Cutler’s (Fr., Inverurie, Scotland) effort was saved by Pelc. The Lions continued to battle and eventually forced the extra period when Whitsett struck the half-volley with just seconds remaining.
The Lions will return to action on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., as they will conclude their road trip in New Hampshire against Saint Anselm College.