Carlsson's Quick Equalizer Gets Men's Soccer 1-1 Tie At St. John's

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QUEENS, N.Y. - Sophomore Gabriel Carlsson took 18 seconds to answer St. John’s free kick goal, as the Loyola University Maryland men’s soccer team played the Red Storm to a 1-1 double-overtime tie in the non-conference finale for both teams at Belson Stadium Tuesday night.

Harry Cooksley struck first for St. John’s (5-3-4), as he sent a free kick past Loyola’s wall and into the back of the net in the 65th minute. The Greyhounds (5-5-2) took no time to answer though, scoring 18 seconds later to tie the NCAA’s 15th-fastest response to an opponent goal. On the restart, freshman Jonathan Sousa sent a cross from the right side into the box where sophomore Xander Saling touched it up to Carlsson to put away.

Carlsson’s goal extends Loyola’s scoring streak to 10-straight games, its longest streak since 2012. The win also stretches the Greyhounds’ unbeaten streak to six-straight games, which now features a win over an Atlantic Coast Conference team (1-0 at Pittsburgh) and a tie against a BIG EAST team.

Sophomore Tyler Beaudoin, making his season debut for the Greyhounds, turned back the Red Flash’s first two shot attempts, including making a leaning back effort to keep the ball from crossing the line in the 21st minute.

Freshman Brian Saramago then had an opportunity for the Greyhounds in the 26th minute when he took control of a ball at midfield. The current NSCAA Division I Men’s Player of the Week ran the flank and sent a right-footed shot at goal from just inside the box, but Andrew Withers got enough of a hand on the ball to push it just wide of the far post.

Freshman Josh Fawole then laid up a cross for a streaking senior Brennan Goldsmith in the 37th minute, but Withers again knocked away the line drive shot. 

Carlsson tried to send a follow-up shot from long range Withers’ way in the next minute, but another save kept the game scoreless at halftime.

The latter part of the second half, following the pair of goals in the 65th minute, was a scramble, with neither team able to come away with a goal.

In the 79th minute, Saramago set himself up on the left side to send a low driven shot at goal, but Withers made a diving save on the attempt.  Saramago then one-touched a cross from classmate Barry Sharifi over the top of the crossbar in the 80th minute.

In the 87th minute, Beaudoin made a point-blank save on Filippo Ricupati’s hard-driven shot from seven yards out, before Withers closed out regulation with a save on Saramago’s last-minute attempt.

Goldsmith had the first opportunity in the extra period, but he hit a long cross from Sharifi just wide of the post in the 93rd minute. Beaudoin followed it up with another beautiful save on Cooksley’s free kick in the 97th minute to send the game to a second overtime.

Saramago had both of Loyola’s double-overtime chances, in the 101st and 104th minutes, while Beaudoin preserved the stalemate by knocking away Alistair Johnston’s one-on-one shot in the 102nd minute.

For the game, Beaudoin finished with five saves and was instrumental in keeping the Red Storm from creating any real scoring threats on their 13 corner kicks. Redshirt junior Ryan Tuck was also credited with a team save, as he cleared a ball from the backline in the 35th minute. 

The Greyhounds will return to action on Saturday when they host Lehigh at 7 p.m.