ST. MARY’S CITY, Md. – Junior forward Casey Cruz (Great Mills, Md./Leonardtown) tallied a goal and an assist in leading the St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s soccer team (1-1-3) to a 2-2 draw in a weather-shortened game with Rutgers University-Newark (1-2-2) on a rainy, soggy Sunday afternoon to conclude the Seahawk Classic.

The game was called with 11:48 remaining in regulation due to lightning in the area.

How It Happened

  • The Jersey boys got on the scoreboard first when Franco Catania converted a penalty kick in the 28th minute.
  • Cruz and senior forward Thomas Williamson (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) connected for a goal for a second straight game, with the roles reversed this time as Cruz gave a short, leading pass for Williamson as the duo made a run up the left alley and Williamson finished off the bounce, sending the ball into the top right corner in the 35th minute.
  • The Seahawks headed into halftime with a 2-1 lead after Cruz scored one himself in the 42nd minute. A punt by senior goalie Liam Delone-Bellsey (Takoma Park, Md./Montgomery Blair) was flicked towards the Rutgers-Newark defensive end, and Cruz hustled to the ball, beating both a Newark defender and goalie Christian Andrach and dribbling it in for the easy goal on an empty net.
  • Less than two minutes into the second half, the Scarlet Raiders were awarded a second penalty kick, and Catania once again buried it to knot the game at 2-2.
  • Rutgers-Newark had the opportunity in the 63rd minute to stake a 3-2 lead as the Scarlet Raiders gained a third penalty kick. Still, this time Delone-Bellsey had Catania’s number denying him with a diving save to the right.
  • St. Mary’s peppered Andrach during a six-minute span, but Andrach showed out with three saves to preserve the 2-2 draw.
Liam Delone-Bellsey saving a PK vs. Rutgers-Newark (9.11.22) Credit: Bill Wood / St. Mary's College of Maryland

Inside the Box Score

  • Rutgers-Newark owned the advantage in both shots (17-10) and corner kicks (6-3), while the Scarlet Raiders just edged St. Mary’s in shots on goal, 9-7.

St. Mary’s College Game Notes

  • Cruz matched his career-high of three points with one goal and one assist.
  • Williamson paced the Seahawks with three shots and two on goal.
  • Delone-Bellsey matched his season-high with six saves on the day.

Rutgers-Newark Game Notes

  • Catania was the offensive leader with seven shots, six shots on goal, and two goals.
  • Andrach posted five saves in the team’s second draw of the season.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Sep. 14 at York (Pa.) (3-0-1) – York, Pa. – 7:00 p.m.

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