By James Vallone
ROME -- In a game that saw the Shorter Hawks outshoot their opponent by a wide margin, only one shot managed to reach the back of the net, as Shorter and Reinhardt played to a 1-1 tie after double-overtime.
Each team managed to get one goal apiece, Reinhardt in the 33rd minute and Shorter scoring in the 64th minute. Irvin Espinal continued to be a presence for the Hawks as the sophomore started his season with the lone goal, and was assisted by Nick Christensen.
Shorter was able to amass 20 shots on the Reinhardt defense, keeping the Eagles on their toes for the entire game and forcing Reinhardt goal keeper Matt Amis to make four saves in an effort to not fall behind. Similarly for the Hawks, Ryan Edwards was able to save two of the three shots he faced.
This was the first time Shorter had faced live competition in Coach Paulo Neto's new look offense and the ball movement was crisp at times. The Hawks will continue to improve in their new system as the season progresses and familiarity with new roles increase.
Espinal was out in front of the offense assault with six shots, and when teamed with Robert Ochieng's five shots, there is excitement about the opportunities for the offense to be more explosive.
Shorter (0-0-1) returns to the field on Wednesday, September 5th for a 7:30 pm game versus Southern Poly at Ben Brady Field in an effort to register one in the win column.