Rhody Ties #18 Saint Louis, 1-1, in Atlantic 10 Opener

Rhody Ties #18 Saint Louis, 1-1, in Atlantic 10 Opener

Rhody Starters
Leifhelm (GK), Camillo, Matthews, Oakley, Davids, Randell, Dickson, Casey, Richter, Daley, Lamb

Saint Louis Starters
Otte (GK), Heskamp, Karcher, Pavisic, David, Hein, Hajderovic, Cicciarelli, Davies, Minors, Graydon

How It Happened
For the second game in a row, Rhode Island (5-4-2, 0-0-1) came back from a one-goal deficit to tie a nationally-ranked opponent, this time drawing with #18 Saint Louis Saturday night at the URI Soccer Complex.

After a scoreless first half, Saint Louis (4-3-1, 0-0-1) struck just five minutes into the second frame when Faik Hajderovic hammered in a shot from the top of the box off a feed from David Graydon.

The Rams evened it up in the 70th minute, on Emil Jesman Sunde's third goal of the season. Goalkeeper Nils Leifhelm initiated the play, sending a goal kick over the midfield line, where Ryan Oakley flicked the ball to Ryan Bailey before making a run down the left flank. Bailey then sent the ball up to Oakley, who crossed it into the box where Jesman Sunde one-timed a shot past SLU's Sascha Otte from point blank range.

With the score knotted at 1-1 and less than a minute remaining in regulation, Saint Louis appeared to have scored a go-ahead goal off of a corner kick, but the ball had deflected in off the hand of SLU's Filip Pavisic so the goal was disallowed.

The best chance for either side in overtime came in the 95th minute, when Dante Lamb drilled a shot off the near post.

Scoring Summary
50:14 - SLU - Hajderovic (Graydon)
69:40 - URI - Jesman Sunde (Oakley) -- WATCH

Inside the Box Score

  • The draw was the second in as many games for the Rams and Saint Louis' first of the season.
  • The game was just the second tie ever between Saint Louis and Rhode Island. The teams also drew (2-2) in 2005. 
  • Freshman Emil Jesman Sunde's goal was his third of the season. He now has leads the team in scoring with eight points on three goals and two assists.
  • For senior Ryan Oakley, the assist was his fourth of the season and 15th of his career. 
  • Sophomore Nils Leifhelm finished the night with three saves. Otte had five for Saint Louis.
  • Rhode Island and Saint Louis each attempted 13 shots in the match. Rhody put six attempts on frame compared to SLU's four.
  • The Billikens held the advantage in corner kicks at 7-4.
  • Fouls were nearly even with SLU getting called for 11 and Rhody 10.
  • Three yellow cards were issued - two to the Billikens and one to the Rams.
  • Saint Louis entered the game ranked #18 by Soccer America, #20 by College Soccer News and #23 by Top Drawer Soccer.
  • In the preseason coaches poll, SLU was picked to finish first while URI was selected second.

Additional Notes - Remembering Dawid Badecki

  • Prior to the start of the game, Rhode Island observed a moment of silence in memory of former Ram Dawid Badecki, who passed away unexpedly last winter.
  • An Atlantic 10 All-Conference performer, Badecki played for URI from 2004-07 and helped lead the Rams to A-10 championship titles in both 2005 and 2006.
  • He appeared in 78 games and recorded 38 points on 13 goals and 12 assists during his four years in Kingston. 
  • Fittingly enough – as he wore #33 – he ended his career ranked 33rd all-time in points scored. 
  • The field at the URI Soccer Complex also featured a large #33 painted in the midfield while Rhody's players paid tribute to Badecki by wearing black armbands. 
  • A large showing of alumni were also in attendance for the game. Together, they stood and clapped throughout the 33rd minute of the game to honor their former teammate.

Up Next
The Rams return to action on Wednesday night when they travel to Massachusetts for a 4 p.m. game against the Minutemen.