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Williams' header secures draw vs. No. 11 Fordham

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SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Thanks to freshman Ben Williams' (Unionville, Ontario) goal in the 84th minute, the Bryant University men's soccer team played to a draw on Saturday afternoon with No. 11 Fordham, earning their first point of the 2018 season.

Game Information

Bryant 1, No. 11 Fordham 1

Records: Bryant 0-4-1, No. 11 Fordham 3-0-1

Location: Bulldog Soccer Field | Smithfield, R.I.

Coach Purcell's Comments

"When we are all on the same page and playing together as a team, I'm not saying we'll win every game, but we will be out there battling with anyone. There were so many people you could pick as man of the match today. Our back three played incredibly. Our freshman came in and scored a brilliant goal. A win today would've been beautiful, but we didn't lose, we got a tie against a very good squad and now we are going to build on it."

Key Moment

Sophomore Felipe Cypriano (Malden, Mass.) played a ball into the center of the box, and Williams fought off a taller defender and flicked a header high over the Fordham keeper to ensure the Bulldogs would get a point in the matter.

Scoring Summary

  • 84th minute – Bryant 1, Fordham 0 – Williams scored his first-career goal on the great ball from Cypriano and sent the header into the right-side netting to give Bryant the lead for the moment.
  • 88th minute – Fordham 1, Bryant 1 – Janos Loebe played a set piece to the head of Johannes Pieles, who flicked it towards goal and it was re-directed by Joergen Oland to knot the match.

Stats and Notes

  • Bryant is now unbeaten at home in four of their last five games.
  • The Bulldogs' 18 registered shots are the highest since October 21, 2016 in a match against Robert Morris.
  • Cypriano's assist was the first point of his career, coming in his 20th appearance.
  • Sophomore Jared Lee (South Setauket, N.Y.) led the Bulldogs with four shots on the afternoon. Classmate Charles DeSantis (Saint-Mathias-Sur-Richeleu, Quebec, Canada) added three.
  • After allowing six in the first half, the Bulldogs had the advantage in corners 4-3.
  • A total of 41 fouls were split 26-15 in favor of Bryant.

Up Next

Bryant heads to Long Island a week from today to take on Stony Brook at 7 p.m.