Perez Scores, Lions Earn 1-1 Draw At Duke
Sophomore Adrien Perez scored for the Lions who battled to a 1-1 draw at Duke.
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DURHAM, N.C. - Adrien Perez opened his sophomore campaign right where he left off as a rookie, scoring a goal less than five minutes into the LMU men's soccer team's season opener Friday night at Duke. But the Blue Devils would find an equalizer early in the second half and the two sides would settle for a 1-1 double overtime draw at Koskinen Stadium.
The Lions were on the attack early as Sebastian De Rada got off the game's first shot just over a minute into the match. That attempt was saved by Duke's goalkeeper Joe Ohaus, but the next chance would not be.
Perez began the play by forcing a Blue Devil turnover near midfield. He sent the ball up the left flank to De Rada who carried it into the box and slotted it back across to Perez who finished from 12 yards out at the 4:52 mark.
The Lions held a 7-1 shot advantage in the first half, including four on frame.
But the Blue Devils would respond to open the second frame as Jeremy Ebobisse found the back of the net from four yards out just inside the 49-minute mark. Cameron Moseley and Nick Palodichuk were credited with assists on the goal.
Duke finished with a 6-2 shot advantage in the period, but neither team could find the go-ahead goal, sending the season opener into extra time. The Lions had a pair of shots in the 20 minute of overtime while the Blue Devils had one.
LMU returns to action Sunday, facing Elon at 9 a.m. (PT). The Phoenix fell 3-2 to Stetson Friday in the first game of the four-team John Rennie/Nike Invitational.
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