Twellman goal vs. Quakes saves draw for RevsPosted: Saturday August 16, 2003 7:29 PM
ATLANTA (SI.com) -- The New England Revolution played to a hard-fought 1-1 draw against the San Jose Earthquakes Saturday afternoon at a rain-soaked Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.
Midfielder Ronnie Ekelund used his first goal of the season to put San Jose on top in the first half, but league scoring leader Taylor Twellman forced the game into overtime.
Play was suspended at the end of the first overtime period as a violent thunderstorm swept over the stadium.
San Jose drew first blood in the 23rd minute of play, as the visiting Earthquakes punished New England for a Rusty Pierce foul on Landon Donovan. Midfielder Ronnie Ekelund blasted a shot through a gap in the New England wall. The goal was Ekelund's first of the 2003 campaign.
Twellman equalized for the Revolution in the 52nd minute. New England midfielder Brian Kamler pounced on a failed clearance, slotting the ball laterally for a waiting Twellman at the top of the penalty arc. Twellman beat goalkeeper Pat Onstad with a deflected blast, snapping Onstad's shutout streak at 398 minutes.
Lightning forced a 26-minute break during overtime, but neither side could find the back of the net after play resumed.
The Earthquakes received some bad news early in the game as forward Brian Ching dropped to the ground clutching his right ankle. Ching made an uncontested pass upfield from the inside of the midfield circle, and then collapsed without any contact in the ninth minute. Ramiro Corrales came on for the injured Ching, who reportedly suffered a complete rupture of his right Achilles tendon.
The result marks the first time this year the Earthquakes (10-3-7, 37 points) have failed to win in a match where they score first. San Jose remains atop the League standings, leading Chicago (30 points) by seven points. The Quakes travel back to Spartan Stadium on Sunday, August 24th to face D.C. United.
The Revolution (5-7-8, 23 points) take on the Los Angeles Galaxy next Saturday.
SJ -- Ronnie Ekelund (unassisted) 23
San Jose Earthquakes -- Pat Onstad, Chris Roner, Jeff Agoos, Eddie Robinson (Craig Waibel 84), Todd Dunivant, Brian Mullan, Ronnie Ekelund (Dwayne De Rosario 56), Richard Mulrooney, Ian Russell, Brian Ching (Ramiro Corrales 13), Landon Donovan.
TOTAL SHOTS: 6 (3 tied with 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 1 (Ronnie Ekelund 1); FOULS: 15 (Eddie Robinson 4); OFFSIDES: 6 (Dwayne De Rosario 3); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Jeff Agoos 5); SAVES: 5 (Pat Onstad 5)
New England Revolution -- Adin Brown, Leo Cullen, Carlos Llamosa (Jason Moore 71), Rusty Pierce, Joe Franchino, Brian Kamler, Jose Cancela, Shalrie Joseph, Steve Ralston, Taylor Twellman, Wolde Harris (Pat Noonan 84).
TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Jose Cancela 7); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Jose Cancela 2); FOULS: 14 (Rusty Pierce 3); OFFSIDES: 4 (Taylor Twellman 2); CORNER KICKS: 12 (Steve Ralston 2); SAVES: 0
SJ -- Brian Mullan (caution; Professional Foul) 56
Referee: Abiodun Okulaja