PONTIAC, Mich. - Trailing 4-0 with less than 20 minutes in the match, the Purdue University Calumet men's soccer team rallied for four goals to earn a 4-4 draw against Rochester College on Saturday afternoon. The Peregrines move to 3-7-1 on the year, after two scoreless extra periods.
The Warriors jumped out to a 3-0 advantage in the first half, thanks in large part to a pair of goals from Robert Ekrem. Rochester would add a fourth goal in the 47th minute and appeared to be headed to its second-straight win.
However, Purdue Calumet would come to life in the final 20 minutes. The Peregrines got on the board in the 74th minute, as Hassan Al-Salem chipped a ball over the defense to Juan Pablo Garza, who side-stepped the keeper for PUC’s first score. Juan Lopez scored via a penalty kick just over four minutes later, before Garza added his second goal of the match off a feed from Djurica Bukur in the 80th minute.
The two reversed roles in the 84th minute, as Garza set up Bukur for the equalizer to complete an amazing comeback and send the match into extra time. However, the Peregrines were unable to keep the offense going, as the final 30 minutes were played in a scoreless draw.
The Black and Gold finished the match with a 29-22 shot advantage, after tallying a 26-10 surplus after the opening period. Garza and Papa Otoo topped the team with four shots apiece, while Al-Salem, Bukur and Daniel Reinartz each added three.
Purdue Calumet will wrap up the 2012 season on Monday, October 22, when it hosts Grace at the Crown Point Sportsplex for a 4 p.m. kick-off.