Lafayette Uses Overtime to Top Rider, 2-1, in First Round of Lafayette Puma Soccer Classic
Sept. 10, 2004
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Lafayette's men's soccer team improved to 3-1 with a thrilling 2-1 victory over Rider on Friday night in the opening round of the Lafayette Puma Soccer Classic. The Leopards needed overtime at Metzgar Fields to secure the win, scoring in the 94th minute off a corner kick from Thomas Harju to Scott Hawkins.
Rider claimed an early lead, scoring a goal at 11:30, as Adam Bailey took a run off the sideline and booted a shot past Lafayette keeper Mike Tortora and into the net.
Just three and a half minutes passed before Lafayette tied the game. Harju crossed a ball that Victor Krasij caught with his back to the goal. Krasij turned and pounded it home from eight yards out for his second goal of the season. The tally knotted the score at 1-1 at the 15-minute mark.
The Leopards had a solid scoring chance in the 52nd minute. A long pass up the field brought Rider (0-3) goalkeeper Daniel Riverso out to corral the ball. Lafayette freshman Mark Price beat him to the ball in search of his second goal of the season, but Price's shot went wide into the side of the net.
With 56 seconds left in regulation Price, again, looked to give the Leopards the lead and avoid overtime. He took a breakaway pass just outside the 18, dribbled in and fired a shot, but Riverso made a spectacular diving save to send the game into overtime.
In the first extra session, Tortora came through with a game-saving effort of his own in the 93rd minute, as Rider served a ball in the box off a corner kick and Dillon Matlock headed it high over Tortora's head but a foot under the crossbar. Tortora punched it over the goal and kept the Leopards alive.
Lafayette responded, scoring at 94:11 on a corner kick. Hawkins headed in his third goal of the season that came on Harju's fourth assist of the 2004 campaign.
Rider's goalie Riverso kept the Broncs in the game, making 14 saves in 94 minutes, as the Leopards outshot Rider 22-4. Tortora stopped three shots in goal.
In the first match of the night, Duquesne beat Lehigh 1-0, when Steve Mellor booted home a goal in the 81st minute.
Lafayette and Duquesne will play in the championship game on Sunday at Metzgar Fields. Kick off is set for noon. Lehigh and Rider will play their final round game at Lehigh's home field on Sunday.
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