FAIRFIELD — Erskine Academy goalkeeper Jared Gartley made five diving saves in overtime as the Eagles salvaged a 2-2 tie against Lawrence High School in a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A boys soccer game.

Gartley made spectacular game saving stops at both post during an intense first overtime session in which the Bulldogs dominated play. The two teams settled down in the second five-minute overtime and neither registered a shot on goal.

“It was part of the job, I really enjoyed it,” Gartley said. “We wanted to come out with a win but for us a tie is all right.”

It was the sixth overtime game this season for Lawrence (2-4-3), which applied plenty of pressure on Erskine (4-2-2) throughout the game. The Bulldogs finished with a 21-16 shot advantage.

“It was a good game with a lot of scoring chances,” said Lawrence attacker Matt Saunders, who scored both Bulldog goals. “We just came off a couple of losses, we’ve have players injured. I think we have a solid team and we’ll come around.”

In the first overtime, Lawrence found openings in the Erskine defense and got a few quality looks. Nick Blomerth had consecutive shots, Saunders had one that was headed into the left side of the goal, and Nicholas Chamberlain and Drew Bois also managed strong bids but each time Gartley came up with the saves.

In regulation, Erskine attempted to work the ball through the middle of the field using long balls, while looking for Tyler Adams to take advantage of his height up front against the smaller Lawrence defenders. Adams scored both Erskine goals but for most of the game was forced to shoot from the outside the penalty area.

Erskine took the lead with 10:21 remaining in the half when Adams collected a bouncing ball in the area and struck a superb volley into the back of the net.

Lawrence looked to play the ball to the wings and found Saunders on a run through the area on a long pass from Sawyer Letourneau on the left flank. Saunders drove a shot into the right corner to tie the game at 1 with 3:10 left in the half.

“We’ve been working on moving the ball to the outside and playing the wings,” Lawrence coach Bob Towne said. “We didn’t do it a lot tonight but it’s starting to come.”

Saunders gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead at 26:19 of the second half when he corralled a loose ball at the 18 turned and fired an accurate shot through the defense into the lower right corner.

Adams tied it with his second goal of the game 38 seconds later when he followed up a shot that knocked down Lawrence goalie Zachary Allen in the middle of the box.

Gartley finished the game with nine saves while Alley had seven.

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