ROCHESTER, N.Y. — After two games, the Rochester Lancers are still seeking their first win of the National Premier Soccer League.
Twice, they couldn’t hold onto one-goal leads and settled for a 2-2 draw with Erie Commodores FC at Marina Auto Stadium Sunday.
The result, which gave Rochester, its first point of the young season, left the Lancers at 0-1-1 . Erie, however, enjoyed a memorable weekend, earning four points behind a 1-0-1 mark. Commodores FC registered a 4-3 home victory over FC Buffalo Saturday night.
In Sunday’s encounter, the teams combined for three goals over the 23 minutes of regulation.
Will Stone drew first blood for the hosts in the 41st minute, which was Rochester’s first goal of the season.
Three minutes after Lancers goalkeeper Will Banahene made a big save on Erie, Jacob Alatorre found the equalizer from distance in the 67th minute on a pass from Craig Quinn.
Four minutes later, the Lancers retook the lead as Isaac Kissi put home a corner kick for a 2-1 margin
Erie, however, was not quite dead as the visitors knotted things up yet again, this time as Steve Rigg took advantage of a Rochester mistake and dribbled around Banahene for a 2-2 deadlock.
In the first game of a doubleheader, the Rochester Lady Lancers dropped a 4-0 decision to the Connecticut Fusion.
The Lancers next will meet FC Buffalo at home Sunday, June 3 at 5 p.m., following the Lady Lancers’ match vs. the Long Island Rough Riders at 2 p.m.