Stonehill Opens Season With Double Overtime Draw Versus #21 Saint Thomas Aquinas

Zandonella nets equalizer for Skyhawks in 86th minute

Sophomore back Ben Zandonella tied
up the game for the Skyhawks in the
86th minute.

EASTON, Mass. (August 30, 2012) – The Stonehill College men's soccer team and Saint Thomas Aquinas College, ranked no. 21 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire NCAA Division II preseason poll, played to a 1-1 double overtime draw in non-conference action on Thursday evening at Skyhawk Field.

The Spartans got on the scoreboard first in the 29th minute when senior midfielder Sean Reily's (Monroe, N.Y./Bryant University) chip from just outside the right corner of the box deflected off of a Skyhawks defender into the net for a 1-0 advantage.

Sophomore back Ben Zandonella (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) countered for Stonehill in the 86th minute with his first career collegiate goal to eventually force overtime and the 1-1 draw.

Senior back Kevin Wendth (Slingerlands, N.Y./Bethlehem) initiated Zandonella's marker by electing to play a quick pass to sophomore Tyler Brondyk (Mansifeld, Mass./Mansfield) after being awarded a corner kick. Brondyk one-touched the ball forward to the right corner of the box and then served a beautiful cross near the left post to Zandonella who headed it home for the equalizer past Spartans goalkeeper Andrew Tartara (Bardonia, N.Y./Albertus Magnus).

Tartara finished the contest with three saves including two in the first overtime session. Adam Colella (Wilmington, Mass./Saint John's Prep.) turned away five shots with a pair of saves coming in the second overtime session.

Saint Thomas Aquinas won the corners matchup, 7-4, over Stonehill and outshot the Skyhawks, 16-11 in the contest.

Stonehill (0-0-1, 0-0-0 NE-10) returns to action on Saturday, September 1 in a non-conference tilt versus Concordia (N.Y.) at 11 a.m. at Skyhawk Field. Saint Thomas Aquinas (0-0-1, 0-0-0 ECC) travels to Saint Anselm on Saturday at 7 p.m.

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