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Cougars Fall in Overtime in Season-Opener

Cougars Fall in Overtime in Season-Opener

It took extra time in Tuesday night's season-opener between the Genesee Community College men's soccer team and visiting Mercyhurst North East, and it was the visitors that walked away with the victory.

Scoring chances were few and far between in the match, but the Cougars missed an opportunity to take the lead in the 29th minute when Brad Rodda sent a cross that was sent just wide of the Mercyhurst net by Gareth Corrigan.

The next real scoring chance came in the second half when Niall Lyons nearly broke a scoreless tie in the 72nd minute, but his shot from the top of the box sailed just wide of the Saints net.

Darius Johnson saw the next opportunity for GCC in the 83rd minute with control of a free-ball just outside the goal crease. His right-foot bid beat the Mercyhurst keeper but missed by inches off of the far post.

Goalkeeper Connor Halstead kept the Cougars in the contest making seven saves on the night, including one off of a free kick with under a minute to go that helped send the game into overtime.

It took just 2:32 into the extra-session for the Saints to score the game's first goal, delivering the first loss of the year to Genesee.

Johnson sent four shots on net for GCC, which falls to 1-0 on the season.

The Cougars will return to action this weekend at the Herkimer County Community College tournament. They will take on Bergen Community College on Saturday at 4 p.m. and follow with Bunker Hill Community College on Sunday at 2 p.m.