Sophomore Preston Vick (Kendall, NY/Kendall) stopped a career-high 15 shots and a short-handed Keuka College men's soccer team earned a hard-fought draw at St. John Fisher College Wednesday night in Pittsford, N.Y.
Utilizing only one substitute due to injuries, the Storm (2-1-1) survived a pesky Fisher (2-3-1) attack that peppered Vick with 29 shots, including 15 shots on goal.
Halfway through the first overtime, Victorin Kothor ripped a 12 yard shot on goal, but Vick made a leaping save to his left to preserve the tie. Then in the second OT, Danny Yancone blasted a free kick from 20 yards out, but again, Vick leapt and made the save as the Storm held on for the tie.
Keuka had one last chance for the win, but sophomore Jake Altman's (East Rochester, NY/East Rochester) 15-yard shot was corralled by Kyle Metcalfe.
"This was a great result for us, our guys fought hard and never gave up," said ninth-year head coach Matt Tantalo. "I couldn't be prouder of the way our student-athletes played. Preston, that was the best game he's ever had for us and the defense in front of him did a great job of containing the Fisher attack. This will build our confidence and give us momentum going forward."
This was the first matchup between the two schools since Oct. 13, 2007, when Fisher handed the Storm a 2-1 setback. The Green and Gold earned the draw despite being outshot 29-7 (including 16-4 in the second half).
"This was a monumental result for us, especially since we're so young starting six freshman. This will be huge for our team's morale and our confidence," Vick said. "And for me, this is a huge confidence-builder, too. I was able to make some big saves and my defense really helped me out tonight. I'm so proud of our defense, it was an extraordinary game from the guys in front of me. Joe Maier is my rock, Zach Briggs is my center back, he was huge and Nate Schreiber and the guys really stepped up big today."
This was the first time Keuka's men's soccer team has played to a scoreless tie since Oct. 23, 2010, when the Storm and the Wells College Express played to a scoreless tie in overtime in Aurora, N.Y.
Keuka hits the road for a 1 p.m. North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) clash with Cazenovia College Saturday afternoon.