GREENWOOD – The No. 2-ranked Lander men's soccer team used a late goal from Harry Bircumshaw to force overtime and earn a 2-2 draw against Erskine on Wednesday night in front of a program-record 713 fans at Van Taylor Stadium.
Lander (4-0-1) outshot the Flying Fleet 25-7, but Erskine keeper Alex Pico notched 12 saves to prevent the Bearcats from picking up their fifth win of the season.
Following a scoreless first period, the second half began with a Bearcat goal as Zinho Ballish sent a pass from Lander's half up to Max McNulty. The freshman forward played the ball into the box and fought off a defender to flick it into the net and break the deadlock in the 61st minute.
The lead held for just over six minutes before Erskine (1-2-1) answered at the 57:16 mark when Baldvin Ingvason took a pass off a high bounce and managed to roll a shot in from the middle of the box to knot the score at 1-1.
A foul in the box in the 78th minute would give Erskine the chance to take the lead and Juande Rodriguez snuck the ensuing penalty kick inside the far post to put the Fleet ahead.
With time dwindling, Bircumshaw brought the Bearcat crowd to life when he arched a shot from deep beyond the right edge of the box into the upper-left corner of the net to tie the match at the 87:20 mark.
Neither team could break through in the extra 20 minutes, ending the evening in a stalemate.
Lander travels to Coker next Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. match.
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