KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Bulldogs traveled to Kalamazoo College for their MIAA opener against the Hornets. Kalamazoo scored to take the lead early in the second half, but the Bulldogs kept their composure as they fought to tie the match in the final minutes of regulation as they forced overtime. Two scoreless overtime periods led to a 1-1 tie between the teams as the Bulldogs MIAA record now stands at 0-0-1 with a 3-2-1 record overall.
The Bulldogs and Hornets played to a scoreless tie through one half of play. Kalamazoo then opened the scoring just 3:28 into the second half to take a 1-0 lead over the Bulldogs. This lead was carried throughout the second half as the Bulldogs would fire four shots on goal for the half as they looked to tie the game. Adrian then showed their resilience in the 86th minute when Shayan Shushtari scored to tie the game on an assist from Bayden Lee off a corner kick to force overtime.
The first overtime period saw the Hornets have scoring opportunities that goalkeeper Lino Taormina turned away to keep the Bulldogs momentum alive as the teams went on to a second overtime period. The final overtime period saw the Bulldogs continue to play stout defense as they shutout the Hornets, but they could not beat the Kalamazoo keeper again as the score ended in a 1-1 tie.
Taormina (3-2-1) the reigning MIAA Defensive Player of the Week started this week strong as he made the start in goal for Adrian and made 11 saves.