Garnet Start London Trip With a Bang

Colton Bangs '07 put home a loose ball in the sixth minute as Swarthmore battled to a 1-1 tie in their friendly match with the Yeadling FC 19-and-under squad in London, England on Thursday evening.

The Garnet arrived in London on Tuesday evening and participated in one full-squad practice before hitting the pitch at The Warren, home of the Yeadling Football Club, for the first of five matches.

Swarthmore got on the board first as forward Michael Bonesteel '08 flicked a header towards the Yeadling goal. The goal keeper got his hands on the ball, but was unable to maintain possession. The loose ball fell at the feet of Bangs who neatly deposited it in the back of the net for a 1-0 Garnet advantage.

Swarthmore keeper Reuben Heyman-Kantor '06 kept the Yeadling youngsters off the board for the first 45 minutes, sending the Garnet into halftime with the 1-0 lead intact.

Yeadling evened the match on a breakaway in the second half, putting a score by new Garnet keeper Ryan Sutcliffe '08.

Swarthmore's next match on England Tour 2005 will be on Sunday, August 7th. The Garnet travel north to Manchester for a 10:00 a.m. (5:00 a.m. EST) match with Heywood Reform FC.

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