Men's soccer draws Colgate 0-0 in season opener

By Jamison White | August 30, 2019 10:34pm

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Portland takes a one man advantage after Colgate senior defenseman Christian Clarke receives a red card in the 95th minute.
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The Portland Pilots kicked off their season hosting east coast opponent Colgate University. Portland tied Colgate 0-0 in double overtime.

The opening 15 minutes of the contest were fast paced and physical. This started in the second minute as two players, including senior Portland midfielder Rey Ortiz, went after a ball on the sideline and got tangled up. Ortiz would be issued a yellow card. This started a trend as the referee handed out four yellow cards in the first half, two to each team.

Rey Ortiz looks for a call after being knocked to the ground.

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The latter part of the half would consist of even play from both sides. Portland came within inches of scoring twice as balls clanked off the crossbar and fell harmlessly to the grass. Pushing the ball forward became a trend for Portland as the back line kept most everything in front.

Portland's defensive backline held their ground against Colgate.
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“I think it is our confidence and playing our ball,” junior goalkeeper Nico Campuzano said. “The defense pushed the lines high on the field. it is a hard job to press all the time.”

Junior midfielder Luke Hendel makes a move towards the goal.
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The second half consisted of more of the same. Both teams had chances, but neither could take the final step of scoring in regulation. Campuzano, with help from his back line, kept the Colgate Raiders in check while making three saves and punching the ball out of danger in the box multiple times. 

“Nico played confident and prepared,” head coach Nick Carlin-Voigt said. “He did a really good job, looked sharp.”

Junior goalie Nico Campuzano commands the defense.
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The first extra time period got off to a fast start that included a red card in the 95th minute given to senior Colgate defenseman Christian Clarke that would leave Portland with a man up advantage for the rest of the match. However, despite both teams efforts for 110 minutes neither could find the go ahead goal.

Senior defenseman Esteban Calvo controls the ball in the backfield.
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Portland will have a quick turnaround as they face the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers on Sunday, Sept. 1 on Merlo Field.

Jamison White is a sports reporter at The Beacon. He can be reached at whitej20@up.edu.




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