MILLERSVILLE, Pa. - - Four second half goals in less than 18 minutes of action led to a 2-2 tie for the Wilmington University men's soccer team on Saturday, as the District of Columbia tied the game in the 69th minute and neither team could find the back of the net again at Pucillo Field on the campus of Millersville University.
The Firebirds (1-0-1) opened the scoring in the 51st minute, but the Wildcats (1-0-1) answered with goals in the 55th and 64th minutes to take a brief 2-1 lead. The Firebirds answered to tie the game in the 69th minute and the scoring abruptly stopped as neither team could find the back of the net through the end of regulation and two overtime periods.
After a scoreless first half which featured a 3-3 tie in shots, the action picked up in the second half.
A Joe Bell header hit the cross bar and a Fredrik Bentdal shot was saved in the opening five minutes. The Firebirds countered on the ensuing Wilmington corner, racing down the field and taking a 1-0 lead 50:44 into the contest.
But the Wildcats answered right back with their next chance, as Bentdal tallied his second goal in two games to knot the game in the 55th minute.
Newcomer Davion Wedderburn put the Wildcats on top with his first collegiate career goal 63:25 into the match. But the Wildcats lead lasted less than five minutes, as the Firebirds were fouled in the box, resulting in a penalty kick. Gabriel Torres was able to beat Vinny Tasca from the spot to tie the game 2-2 with 68:04 showing on the board.
The Wildcats nearly won the game in the 87th minute as Sam Jester's shot looked as though it was going to find the net. But UDC's Gabriel Velluto was there to clear the ball off the line for the defensive save.
The Wildcats put three shots on frame in the overtime periods, but the Firebirds' Joao Brusamolin made all three saves to preserve the 2-2 tie. They also had four corners in the second overtime, but couldn't come away with a result.
Wilmington out shot the Firebirds, 16-9, for the match, including nine shots on goal. Tasca made four saves to move to 1-0-1 on the young season.
The Wildcats remain on the road to open the season as they head to West Chester on Wednesday for their next match. The opening whistle is set for 4:00 p.m. in West Chester, Pennsylvania.