Overtime Penalty Kick Gives Rider 1-0 Win Over Lafayette
Oct. 2, 2012
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J - Lafayette limited Rider to just two scoring chances in the match, but it was the Broncs who converted a penalty kick in overtime to claim a 1-0 win on Tuesday afternoon at Ben Cohen Field.
Brandon Sebastian's PK beat Lafayette goalie Nathan McDonald to his right and the Leopards fell to 4-6-1 overall. The win improved Rider to 1-8-0 in 2012.
Lafayette's first scoring chance resulted from a ball down the left side by Chandler Fraser-Pauls to Blake Fink. The Leopards' senior striker won a one-on-one battle against a Rider defender and drew a penalty kick. Sean Peckham took the penalty, but Rider keeper Jason Giordano dove to his right to push the low shot out of harm's way.
After McDonald smothered a Rider shot on the other end, Lafayette earned a free kick from 30 yards out in 15th minute. Peckham found Jeff McLaughlin in the air, but his header missed just wide of the top corner.
With 18 minutes to play before halftime, combination passing between Tom McCutcheon and Erik Cannon along the sideline led to Cannon finding Fink at the top of the penalty area. His shot, headed for the upper portion of the goal was deflected over by Giordano for a Lafayette corner that was plucked out of the air by Giordano.
Shortly after entering the game in the 31st minute , Kyle Scharfenberg helped the Lafayette offense apply pressure with a header that was cleared off the line by a Rider defender to keep the match scoreless before halftime.
The Leopards picked up where they left off early in the second half with shots by Cannon and McLaughlin that missed high and wide, respectively, within the first eight minutes of play.
Fink nearly put Lafayette ahead in the 65th minute when he blocked a Rider clearing attempt at the top of the 18-yard box and the ricochet went off the far post.
McLaughlin had another chance to score with 30 seconds remaining off a free kick, but he directed Peckham's service past the post and the match went to overtime.
McDonald finished with three saves, while Giordano turned away six Lafayette shots.
The Maroon and White return to action on Saturday evening on the road against historic rival Lehigh. Kickoff from Bethlehem is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Erik Cannon made his first start of the season on defense for Lafayette.
Today's match was the 45th meeting between the two sides and Lafayette now leads the all-time series 25-18-2
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