Golini Powers Lafayette Past Delaware
Sept. 25, 2012
Lafayette captured its first home win of the year (1-2) and its second shutout of 2012.
Sixteen minutes into the match, Lafayette put together the best scoring opportunity for either side through the first 20 minutes when combination passing in the midfield led to possession for Peter Adubato along the far sideline. The junior forward dropped a pass for Golini who sent a cross toward the penalty spot where Jeff McLaughlin headed it off the post to the left of Delaware goalkeeper Jay Lupas. The Blue Hens cleared the danger, keeping the game scoreless.
Shortly after McLaughlin's attempt, Delaware had a header of its own sail wide of the goal as Roberto Gimenez got a head to Mark Garrity's service. With 12 minutes remaining in the half, Greg Biggiani had a look at goal from 20 yards out, but his right-footed shot drifted wide. The teams went into halftime tied at 0-0.
A foul in the 56th minute just outside the Leopards' penalty area gave Delaware a free kick from straightaway, but Prince Nartey's strike missed high above the crossbar.
Four minutes later, a lofted ball from the right sideline off Josh Brown's foot was directed toward goal by Chandler Fraser-Pauls' head and set up Lafayette's first goal. Golini ran onto the redirection and poked it past Lupas who came off his line.
Shortly after Golini scored, Biggiani had a chance to make it 2-0 in the 65th minute when he made his way in the Blue Hens' 18, but his shot was smothered by Lupas.
Golini tacked on his second of the night, and team-leading fourth of the season, after a superb individual effort by McLaughlin to keep a ball alive along the Blue Hens' endline. McLaughlin saved the ball with a volley and found Golini who was waiting at the top of the Delaware box. The junior took a touch and bent a left-footed shot into the far side netting past the outstretched arms of Lupas to put the game away.
Shots favored Lafayette (10-9) in the match, while Delaware took four corners, compared to Lafayette's two. Lupas finished with four saves and McDonald made two in his fifth career shutout.
Next up for the Leopards is a Patriot League contest on Saturday against Holy Cross. Kickoff from Oaks Stadium is set for 3 p.m. and the 1987 Lafayette men's soccer team will be honored prior to the game as the team celebrates the 25th anniversary of its East Coast Conference championship.
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