NEWBERRY - Senior Patrick Sweatt made his presence felt in a display of fearless goalkeeping, which helped the Newberry men's soccer team secure its first clean sheet of the season as the Wolves drew 0-0 with the visiting Catawba Indians.
Sweatt (Indian Land, S.C.) was threatened early as he was forced to make a save in the 16th minute, before staying away from danger thanks to his defense for much of the first half. Neither team threaned much in the opening half as the two teams looked to feel one another out. Newberry (1-6-1, 1-2-1 SAC) was outshot 3-1 in the opening half, with perhaps one of the most threatening shots of the game coming for Catawba (3-2-1, 1-2-1 SAC) in the 45th minute.
In the 45th Catawba's Declan Stimson threatened with a shot, which Sweatt turned away with seconds remaining on the clock.
Catawba looked to come out firing in the second period as the Indians saw multiple shots blocked by the Newberry defense. Again it was Sweatt who bailed the Wolves out late as he recorded a save off a Kevin Scott laser, with only two seconds remaining on the clock.
Newberry and Catawba battled through a very physical 90 minutes, before entering overtime, which saw an early try by freshman Graham Jermstad (Irmo, S.C.) blocked by the Catawba backline. Senior Gregory Stone (West Columbia, S.C.) soon saw an overtime attempt turned away in the 95th minute.
At the end of 100 minutes, Catawba had outshot Newberry 12-7 as both keepers were locked head-to-head with three saves each.
The final overtime period saw few chances for either team, but both teams saw their chances disappear as the Wolves saw a shot sail high as the Indians saw Sweatt stand tall in goal again for the Wolves.
Sweatt notched four saves for the Wolves in 110 minutes, while Jermstad led Newberry with four shots in the game.
Newberry wraps up non-conference play on Wednesday at Erskine with a 7 p.m. kickoff in Due West.