Before he scored Fordham’s first goal, Filippo Ricupati fends off an NJIT players. (Photo courtesy of Fordham SID)
NEWARK, N.J – The Fordham University men overcame a two-goal deficit on the road and recorded a 2-2 draw with NJIT at Lubetkin Field Monday night.
Joergen Oland converted the equalizer off a penalty kick in the 85th minute.
Fordham (0-1-1) had control of play over the first 25 minutes with the best scoring chance coming on a Jacob Bohm corner kick, which found Johannes Pieles for a header that glanced off the left post and out of play.
NJIT countered in the 26th minute, getting the ball in the box where Luke McNamara was called for a foul, awarding a penalty kick to the Highlanders (1-0-1). Rene scored into the right side of the net.
The Highlanders made it 2-0 in the 31st minute when Gerald Cubero’s cross from the right side found Thomas Radon, who finished from 12 yards out for his second goal this season.
The Rams cut the deficit in half in the 38th minute. Jack Sluys made a long throw in to the six-yard box, where Filippo Ricupati fought off two defenders and chipped the ball under the crossbar for his first goal this season.
Fordham pushed forward for the equalizer with multiple chances either clearing or hitting the crossbar in the second half. The Rams eventually found the tying goal in the 85th minute, as Pieles was hauled down in the box. Joergen Oland stepped to the spot and hammered a shot into the heart of the net to tie the game at 2-2.
In extratime, both sides came close to scoring the golden goal.
Fordham’s Sameer Fathazada slipped a shot from in tight at the left side of goal that NJIT goalkeeper Samuel Reisgys just got a piece of to deflect it out of play in the 93rd minute. Tt the other end, Andrew Nino smoked a free kick off the top right corner of the goal and out of play in the 94th minute.
The Rams enjoyed a 26-10 edge in shots, as well as a 7-3 advantage in corners. Rams goalkeeper Konstantin Weis finished with one save for Forwith Reisgys had six for the Highlanders.
Fordham hosts Rider University at Jack Coffey Field Saturday at 7 p.m.