CSU Ties League Leader After Holding Late Lead

CSU Ties League Leader After Holding Late Lead

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Cleveland State University men's soccer team was a minute away from earning a win at Horizon League leader Green Bay, but the host Phoenix scored a late equalizer to claim a 1-1 tie on a wet night at Aldo Santaga Stadium.

Junior Noah Pio scored not long after the interval to put CSU into the lead, but Green Bay scored a heartbreaking goal with a minute left off a set piece. Despite being the more dangerous side in overtime, CSU had to settle for the draw.

Head coach Kirk Harwat made a single change to the starting XI from his squad's midweek matchup at Akron with freshman Thomas M'Barek being reinserted into a central defense role.

Neither team could score in the opening 45 minutes with the hosts owning a slim, 4-3, edge in shots.

Green Bay came out of the intermission with some offensive looks, as it took four shots in the opening seven minutes. However, CSU would get the game's first goal when Pio ran from left to right, turned and beat the Phoenix keeper with his shot.

The Phoenix had just two more shot attempts, both of which were blocked away by the Viking defense, until a frantic final 90 seconds.

With just over a minute to play, three cards were issued and one player from each team was sent off. The Phoenix took advantage of the slight break to equalize via a set piece as Buran Huseini scored with a minute to play.

Cleveland State took four of the match's six shots in the overtime sessions but could not find a winner.

Redshirt junior Pavle Majerle made a save with under three minutes to play in the second overtime frame to help ensure his side did not leave empty handed. He finished with three saves on the evening.

Pio's fourth goal of the season gave him a team-leading 10 points. He now has scored in three of the past four League matches.

Cleveland State will continue its four match road trip at defending League tournament champion UIC next Saturday, Oct. 21.