Lafayette Cruises to 2-0 Win at Mount St. Mary's
Sept. 15, 2012
EMMITSBURG, Md. - An own goal in the first half and Blake Fink's second tally of the year paved the way for Lafayette's first shutout victory of the season over Mount St. Mary's on Saturday afternoon at Waldron Family Stadium.
Goalkeeper Nathan McDonald made three saves en route to his fourth career clean sheet as the Leopards improved to 2-4-1 on the season. With the loss, Mount St. Mary's drops to 1-5-0 in 2012.
Through the first 45 minutes, Lafayette had a 7-4 advantage in shots and held a 1-0 lead at intermission thanks to an own goal by Mount in the 38th minute. Pressure from junior Erik Cannon inside the Mount St. Mary's 18-yard box forced the miscue and the ball ended up in the back of the net behind Mountaineers' keeper Peter Steve.
Mount had a pair of excellent scoring chances in the first half, starting with Dennis Zoncher's shot that struck the crossbar nearly eight minutes into the match. Later, in the 36th minute a lofted ball into the Leopards' penalty area found Jimmy Ockford's head, but his header was stopped by McDonald, who dove to his right to keep the game scoreless.
Lafayette put its second goal on the board 12 minutes into the second half with a beautiful bit of passing through the air. A cross-field pass to the top of the Mount penalty area was redirected by Alec Golini's head to Fink, who was in behind the defense and fired a shot behind Steve for his 10th career marker.
Like McDonald, Steve finished with three saves and each side registered 11 shots in the match. The Mountaineers held the edge in corner kicks, 7-1, including five in the second half.
The Maroon and White open Patriot League play next Saturday, September 22 in Annapolis, Md. against Navy. Kickoff from Glenn Warner Soccer Facility is slated for 8 p.m.
Lafayette improved to 2-0 all-time against Mount St. Mary's
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