Braves Grind Out 1-1 draw against York Panthers

OTTAWA, Kansas – The uOttawa men’s soccer team earned a tough 1-1 tie against a miserly York Panthers on Wednesday night at AdventHealth Field.
The game pitted the KCAC’s top offense (Ottawa, 2.92 goals against per game) against the conference’s top defense (York, 1.42 goals against per game).

The Panthers struck early on their first chance of the game, with a goal from Johan Rodriguez assisted by Otavio Avila in the sixth minute. The Braves settled in after the Panthers’ first goal and started creating their own chances. Bence Molnar had a free kick that went off the post in the 20e minute that almost tied the game.

The Braves will find a breakthrough in the 29e minute, when Molnar helped Slobodan Novicevic to pull Ottawa even at 1-1. The Panthers had a golden opportunity to take the lead before halftime following a Braves defensive error, but York’s Matias Madriaga shot harmlessly hit the post despite a 1-1 breakaway against the Braves keeper . gauge powers. Both teams headed into the break tied at 1-1.

The Braves took a break in the 54e minute, when York’s Sebastian Sanhueza received his second yellow card and forced the Panthers to play a man down. Prior to York’s red card, the Panthers looked strong to open the second half, with four shots blocked or saved in the first 10 minutes. It was obvious that the Panthers were content to play for the draw after the red card. Ottawa managed to find some ball possession playing against a man, but couldn’t find the decisive goal against the strong Panthers defence.

Next: The OU men’s soccer team returns to AdventHealth Field on Friday, hosting Bethany Swedes at 7:30 p.m.

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