Bullets Rally to Escape Shorthanded Devils

Photo by Matt O'Haren
Photo by Matt O'Haren

(Gettysburg, Pa.) – The Dickinson men's soccer team traveled to Gettysburg on Saturday night for a key Centennial Conference showdown with the Bullets. The matched proved to be a back-and-forth and highly contested with the Bullets gaining a late advantage for a 4-2 decision.

The Red Devils struck first as senior Kevin Gilbert (Boxford, Mass./Phillips Exeter Academy) put Dickinson on the board, just 7:23 into the match.

Oladayo Thomas scored off an assist from Connor O'Donnell in the 26th minute to pull the Bullets even.

Gilbert had a couple of chances as he looked to counter and put the Red Devils back on top. Things started to spiral as the match took a turn and Gilbert was issued a red card, with nine minutes remaining in the half.

The Red Devils kept even while playing man-down and regained the lead with a shorthanded goal from first-year Alex Thompson-Hill (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) finishing on an assist from Frederick Cisse (New Haven, Conn./Pomfret School) with just over 34 minutes to play.

Thompson-Hill had another good look, putting a shot on goal with just over 22 minutes to play. Gettysburg countered with a pair of shots around a corner, but the Red Devils were able to clear the ball.

The Bullets pulled level in the 74th minute with Sam Lerner scoring off an assist from Raff Mazzone. O'Donnell found Thomas again with 12 minutes left to give Gettysburg a 3-2 lead. Thomas was issued a yellow for taking off his jersey in the celebration.

A penalty-kick in the 86th minute would be the dagger for the Red Devils, giving the hosts a 4-2 advantage off the foot of Ezekiel Omosanya.

The Red Devils did keep coming and put together a strong attacking run, getting off three shots but the defense was able to turn them back.

Gettysburg had 14 shots in the second half to finish with a 21-11 advantage for the match. They doubled up the Red Devils in corners, 6-3.

Senior goaltender Frederick Meagher (Southport, Conn./Fairfield-Ludlowe) made four saves on the night.

Gettysburg moves to 8-4 overall and 4-1-1 in the conference. The Red Devils stand at 8-6 and 4-2 in the CC. Dickinson is off midweek before hosting Haverford College next Saturday at 4:30 pm.