EASTON, Pa. - Freshman midfielder T.J. Rowe scored his first career goal as Army and Lafayette battled to a 1-1 double overtime draw Saturday evening in a Patriot League men's soccer match at Oaks Field.
Rowe broke a scoreless tie in the 70th minute when he scored for the Black Knights (1-11-1, 0-4-1 PL) at the 69:59 mark. The goal, which was assisted by junior forward Tanner Robertson, was converted when Rowe lofted a shot from just outside the box into the far corner of the cage.
Lafayette (6-6-3, 1-3-1 PL) scored less than five minutes later when Justin Kamine netted the equalizer for the Leopards at the 74:56 mark. Kamine's initial shot was blocked by the Army defense, but the rebound came right back to him and his second attempt found the back of the net for his third goal of the season.
The two clubs went back and forth over the final 15 minutes of regulation before the contest went into overtime.
The Leopards enjoyed a 9-2 advantage in shots in the second half. They also held a 7-1 edge in corner kicks during the period.
Army registered five shots in the OT, while Lafayette was credited with three shots in the extra time. One of the Black Knights' best overtime scoring chances came in the 98th minute when junior defender Cameron Jarvis ripped a shot off the post.
The first half featured just two shots for each team. Both goalkeepers had to make one save apiece in the opening stanza. Lafayette held a 2-0 edge in corner kicks during the first half.
For the game, Lafayette outshot Army by a 13-9 margin, but both teams recorded four shots on goal in the match. The Leopards enjoyed a 12-2 advantage in corner kicks in the contest.
Army sophomore midfielder Josh Koeppe paced the Black Knights' offensive attack with three shots on goal in the contest.
Army sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Currens made three saves, including a huge stop in the first overtime. Lafayette goalie Andrew Pianko turned aside three shots for the Leopards.
Army closes out its four-game road swing on Wednesday, Oct. 27, when the Black Knights travel to Fairfield, Conn., to take on Sacred Heart in a non-league match. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Notes: The all-time series between the two schools now stands at 16-14-9 in favor of Army ... Rowe's second half goal was Army's first goal scored against Lafayette since 2004 ... the tie snaps Army's 11-game Patriot League losing streak, a skein that dated back to the start of the 2009 season.