An early injury forced Uni to abandon their intended lineup, but it did litten to upset the flow as they enjoyed a majority of possession for some time.
Compact defence from both teams saw few chances occur for the remainder of the half, but a late Pirates free kick levelled the score leading into half time.
Pirates entered the second half with a greater intensity, and Uni were kept on the back foot for some time, pressed with numerous attacks.
However, the second half regressed into a drought of chances until the latter minutes of the game.
A compact Uni defence allowed a deflected block to lead to a run from Josh Roberts down the wing; who crossed into Axel Perez-Garcia for an 82nd minute goal.
Thought back in the lead, the cheers from the home supporters were short lived. Pirates fired in a cross that led to yet another equaliser in the 87th minute..
The Blacks almost won it at the death, but both teams had to settled for a draw.
Reserves and under 18s both celebrate first win
Tebogo Mokolo scored a hat-trick as the Adelaide University reserves registered their first win for 2019 with a 4-1 victory.
Aniket Parmeswaran was on target twice, joining Samuel Dalgarno on the scoresheet in the under 18s 3-0 win, also their first of the season.