PHILADELPHIA – Midfielder Devon Memis (Ambler, Pa./Wissahickon) and defender Andrew Sauers (York, Pa./Central York) both found the back on the net for the first time this season as the Philadelphia University men's soccer team recorded a 2-2 non-conference draw against Queens (N.Y.) Saturday afternoon on Ravenhill Field.
The Knights (0-0-1) took advantage of an early Ram turnover to take a 1-0 lead. In the third minute, a bad pass out of the Philadelphia backline went directly into the feet of Queens forward Andras Breuer, who had time and space in the middle of the field. Breuer immediately fired at the goal and caught Philadelphia keeper Eric Gutierrez (Croydon, Pa./Harry S. Truman)—who stopped three shots in his first start of the season—leaning in the opposite direction as the ball ended up in the upper left corner of the net for the match's first goal.
Philadelphia (0-1-1) was unfazed by the early miscue and started mounting an attack at the visitors' net. Memis was the player able to break through with the equalizer in the eighth minute after receiving the ball off of a blocked Hunter Dyson (Broomall, Pa./Marple Newtown) shot. After the rebound came straight to Memis, he calmly deposited the ball into a wide-open left side of the net to even the score at one.
The Rams took a 2-1 advantage on a 54th-minute Armando Canela (Marlborough, Mass./Marlborough) corner kick that connected with the head of a leaping Sauers, who put the ball inside the left post and past keeper Robbie Webster for the go-ahead goal.
Queens found an answer in the 74th-minute as Jonathan Jaramillo scored on a rebound that came from an Ousmane Barry blocked attempt at goal.
In the first overtime session, Rashaan Robe (Valley Stream, Pa./Valley Stream Central) worked his way into a 1-v-1 situation against Webster, but Webster came up big for Queens as he threw out his right leg and stopped the point-blank shot, one of eight saves he made in the match.
The Knights' Nikolas Maher had the best opportunity of the second overtime as he floated a shot off of the crossbar and then fired his second-chance opportunity wide of the net.
The Rams finished the match with a 19-16 shot advantage, 17-12 at the end of regulation.
Philadelphia has a week off before starting Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference play against Caldwell on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 2:30 p.m. on Ravenhill Field.