On a wet, rainy night, the Otters saw themselves take a 3-0 lead early in the second half, but were forced to hang on and play out for the road point after the Carolina Dynamo equalized on their second penalty kick of the night in the 85th minute. This was the Otters second 3-3 road draw of the week and moved their record to 0-1-2 for the season.
The game got off to a slow start, as the storm that caused a 30-minute weather delay caused the field to be very slippery. Both teams came out cautious, trying to get their feet under them and to get some rhythm.
Eventually the Otters found their groove, and after a couple of close chances, they were able to get on the board. Winger Lévy-Aquilas Nsimba (France) was able to get around the edge and fire in a cross that forward Guillermo Segovia (Ohio Valley) was able to bury for the 1-0 lead.
After that, the Dynamo got more possession and had some chances, but goalkeeper Tim Trilk (Western Illinois) made the most of his first start and was able to thwart any signs of danger in the first half. Oscar Perez (Wingate) and Blake Barribeau (Palm Beach Atlantic) also played a vital role in stopping several dangerous Dynamo possessions.
The Otters did continue to attack and utilize the speed of Nsimba on the outside. It paid off as Nsimba was taken down by the Dynamo goalkeeper racing after a ball at the top of the box and earned a penalty just before halftime. Mehdi Chtara (France) was able to step up and easily slot the ball in the top right corner, and the Otters took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
Coming out of the break, Nsmiba, Chtara, and Segovia continued to cause problems for the opposing defense. After a ball was won by the Otters midfield, they played it out to the wing for Chtara who played in a great low cross that Segovia was able to tap in for his second and a 3-0 Otters lead.
The Dynamo were able to get on the board in 66th minute when they were awarded a penalty kick for a foul in the box, which they scored. The Dynamo continued to pressure and look for that second goal, and it eventually came off of a cross that was slotted into the goal by a streaking forward.
The Dynamo were awarded their second PK in the 86th minute for a hand ball. They scored it also and tied the game up at 3-3 with only a few minutes to go. On another Dynamo attack, defender Myke Zamor (Thomas University) and the Dynamo attacker got their legs tangled and red cards were given to both players following some extra-curriculars after the play.
The Otters had a late chance off of a corner, but it was cleared and the game finished in a 3-3 draw. This was only the Otters third-ever road result, and the second this week. The Otters currently sit fifth with two points. Segovia’s brace was also just the third multi-goal game in Otters history, and he currently sits tied for third-most with three goals.
The Otters will travel down to South Carolina to take on the Bantams in their last game of the opening road trip next Saturday. Then, the Otters will return home! They will play Mississippi Brilla on June 8th at Kermit-Tipton Stadium for their home-opener. You can find information on the team, tickets, merchandise, and many other things on ottersoccer.com or by following us on social media! #FearTheFur