Game action in Hofstra men’s season-opener. (Photo courtesy of Hofstra SID)
COLUMBUS, Ohio – They say the most dangerous lead in soccer is a 2-0 lead.
To some, it might sound like a cliche.
To the Hofstra University men’s soccer team, it was reality Friday.
Despite holding a two-goal advantage entering the Pride could not hold the lead and settled for a 2-2 draw with Dayton University in the season opener for both teams the Wolstein Classic at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The Pride is unbeaten in its past seven season openers dating back to 2012.
Aidan Bean scored twice during an 11-minute span, netting the tying goal in the 87th minute, after connecting for his first tally in the 76th minute, to force extratime. Neither team could score during those extra periods.
In his first game in a Hofstra jersey, junior transfer Peter Meyer recorded the first two shots of the Pride’s season and made the second one count, putting in a failed clearance in the 34th minute for a 1-0 edge.
After two saves from senior goalkeeper Alex Ashton early in the first half, sophomore George O’Malley helped keep the Flyers off the board, clearing away a shot from behind Ashton.
The Pride doubled its lead in the 54th minute, with junior Adam Savill playing a ball through to sophomore Matthew Vowinkel, who sent it just inside the post.
Ashton, who made seven saves, made to stops in extratime to preserve the draw.
Hofstra takes on tournament host Ohio State Sunday at 2:30 p.m.