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Radford, Va. - On a cold and breezy Saturday night, the Gardner-Webb men's soccer team battled the Radford Highlanders to a double-overtime scoreless draw at Cupp Stadium in Radford, Va.

The tie pushes GWU to 8-6-3 overall and 5-2-1 in conference play, while Radford moves to 8-7-1 overall and 3-3-1 in the Big South.

Both teams' looked for their offense early, as the two teams' traded shots back-and-forth to no avail in the first 12 minutes of play.

In the 13th minute, Radford's Chel Ho Kim Park put the first shot of the match on target only to have GWU goalkeeper Scott Krotee make the stop to keep the match scoreless.

GWU's Krotee made another save in the 16th minute, while a Runnin' Bulldog defender blocked another Highlanders' shot only minutes later to keep the home team off the scoreboard with a little over 25 minutes to play in the first half.

The Runnin' Bulldogs' Ernesto Gaita put a shot on frame in the 36th minute, only to have Radford goalkeeper Ryan Taylor make the stop to again keep the scoreless tie with nine minutes to go in the opening half.

After Radford's Kim Park saw a shot sail high in the 38th minute, Gardner-Webb junior midfielder John Sargent had back-to-back shot attempts blocked just before the half, as the score remained 0-0 at the halftime break.

The second half started with a Radford shot attempt, which sailed wide of the goal, and then back-to-back shots once more by GWU's Sargent, which were again both blocked, as neither team could find the first goal of the match.

The two goalkeepers each made saves over the next 15 minutes of play, first GWU's Krotee on a Carter Mills shot attempt in the 60th minute and then Taylor of Radford on back-to-back GWU shots in the 61st minute.

Over the final 30 minutes of the second half, each team had chances to score, yet neither could find the back of the net, as the match would remain scoreless at the end of regulation to force overtime.

Like the first 90 minutes of play, the overtime period was rather even, as each team recorded one shot over the 10 minutes of play, Davis for GWU in the 96th minute and Luis Grande for Radford in the 100th minute, only to have both shots blocked by defenders to force the 0-0 match into a second overtime period.

In the second overtime period, the Runnin' Bulldogs held off a Radford offensive attack that outshot Gardner-Webb 6-1 over the final 10 minutes of play, as the both teams failed to score the golden goal in the scoreless double-overtime draw.

Radford outshot Gardner-Webb 18-13 for the match, while both teams' put only three shots on goal over 110 minutes of play.

GWU held the advantage in fouls (15-11) and in corner kicks (8-6) in the draw.

Both goalkeepers, GWU's Krotee and Radford's Taylor, made three saves apiece in the match.

Sargent led GWU's offense with six shot attempts, while Davis followed with four shots of his own in the draw.  Gaita, Jonas Nader and Chijioke Akujuobi each posted one shot apiece in the match, with all three going on frame.

For Radford, Grande and Brian Gwanzura each posted four shots to lead the Highlanders, while Kim Park totaled three shots of his own.

Gardner-Webb (8-6-3, 5-2-1 Big South) will wrap up its 2011 regular season at home on Wednesday night, November 2nd, as the Runnin' Bulldogs will host the Winthrop Eagles at 7 p.m. for Senior Night.

Radford (8-7-1, 3-3-1 Big South) will conclude their 2011 regular season slate with road matches at Liberty on November 2nd and at Winthrop on November 5th.


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