Men's Soccer

Oakland Draws Scoreless Exhibition at No. 19 Northwestern

Shawn Claud Lawson recorded a shot on goal in the first half

Shawn Claud Lawson recorded a shot on goal in the first half

Aug 20, 2013

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EVANSTON, Ill. - Sean Lewis and Eliott Tarney combined for four saves and a clean sheet as the Oakland men's soccer team drew a scoreless tie at No. 19 Northwestern Tuesday night at Lakeside Field.

"Overall, we were very pleased with our overall play and work ethic against a very talented, nationally ranked program in Northwestern," said head coach Eric Pogue. "First half was an even game and they ratcheted up the intensity in the second half and we did well to match it, sustain their push and even the game back up."

Lewis recorded three saves and Tarney finished with one save. The Wildcats goalkeeping combination of Tyler Miller and Zak Allen combined for five saves. Northwestern finished the match with a 11-9 shot advantage.

The Golden Grizzlies had the only shot on goal in the opening half as Shawn Claud Lawson looked to end the tie but Miller was able to make the save. NU turned up the pressure in the second half as they finished with an 8-0 shot advantage but the Oakland defense was able to keep the shutout as OU recorded four saves.

In overtime, the Oakland offense put pressure on the Northwestern as they held an 8-2 shot advantage but was unable to break the tie as the Wildcats recorded four saves in the extra period. Joey Tinnion finished with three shots, two on goal, while Chase Jabbori and Vittorio Sbrocca also added a shot on goal in the match.

"Our team defending, which has been the focus this first week of preseason, was excellent and now we get back on the training field for the next week and a half and work hard at putting all the pieces together," added Pogue.

The Golden Grizzlies will play their final exhibition match of the season on Saturday as they face Saginaw Valley State at 7 p.m. at the OU Soccer Field.

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