You might not enjoy it when UB plays from behind, but all things considered, I think Bulls fan's should be pretty happy with tonight's 1-1 road draw against Stony Brook from Men's Soccer. Freshman and Kenmore native Hunter Walsh scored his first career goal in the 85th minute to force overtime and earn the tie.
Without Russell Cicerone, Marcus Hanson, or Nick Forrester, the Bulls found themselves in an even, hard-fought match, and seemed content in the second overtime to merely survive with a road result.
The teams finished with near-equal amounts of shots, shots on goal, and fouls, but all of the action and prolonged periods of Buffalo control came in the second half. The Bulls took five shots - including a header from Fox Slotemaker that was cleared off the line at 51' - and earned three corner kicks in the first fifteen minutes before the Seawolves' first attempt, but it was Stony Brook who drew first blood at 66', when Vince Erdei flicked a free kick delivery past Cameron Hogg.
Another stretch of control ended favorably for UB twenty minutes later when Walsh slipped a shot inside the post just seven minutes after entering the game, equalizing with less than five minutes to play. Twenty minutes of overtime passed uneventfully other than a single chance for each team: Daniel Cramarossa earned a yellow in the 100th minute pulling a Stony Brook attacker down on a fast break, and a tremendous Braden Scales shot was just barely pushed over the bar by SBU goalie Jason Orban at 107.
Cam Hogg, who has been in a rotation with Joseph Kuta lately, made a season-high five saves.
Buffalo returns to UB Stadium this weekend for a noon game Sunday against Cornell.