Early Second-Half Tally Topples Men’s Soccer
EASTON, Pa. – In a usual physical affair on Mike Bourger ’44 Field at Oaks Stadium between the Lafayette men’s soccer team and Army, it was the visitors that came out on top on Wednesday evening, scoring the lone goal in the game to drop the Leopards by a 1-0 score.
The game featured 26 combined fouls and five bookings as the physical aspect of the game was on display from both sides. Both also played well defensively for the majority of the contest as a friendly ricochet off the post led to the lone Army goal in the contest.
Coming out of a first half that saw just five combined shots, the Black Knights didn’t take long to go in front. An initial shot from about 20 yards out on the right side of the box from Marcos Arroyo was saved brilliantly onto the right post from Lafayette senior goalkeeper Brad Seeber. However, the ball caromed perfectly back across the goal-line behind the Leopards’ net-minder, finding Keenan O’Shea on the opposite side for the easy finish, the eventual game-winner.
“I think the guys executed our tactics,” head coach Dennis Bohn said. “I thought we got quite a few counter opportunities and were strong all over the field, playing with a lot of aggressiveness. We knew that they were dangerous in transition and unfortunately, we gave up a turnover that gave them a good look. We’ll wake up tomorrow morning and get back to work.”
Lafayette’s best offensive chance came in the 22nd minute when senior captain Christian Moyse used his long-throw capabilities to find sophomore Dylan Royalty to the right of goal in the box. Royalty headed the ball toward goal while classmate Ryan Goncalves cut in front of Army goalkeeper Justin Stoll, creating a screen as the ball trickled toward the left corner. All anyone could do was stop and watch as the ball crept just outside the left post and out of play.
“We’re a hungry group of boys. We’re always out there to fight and take on any challenge that comes to us,” Moyse added. “We just have to know that all of these games are learning experiences. We’ll watch this video and BU video and be ready to take on new challenges. We have to wipe the mind clean and move on to the next one.”
The visitors held a 9-3 overall edge in shots and took three corners compared to just one for the Maroon and White. The Leopards committed 16 fouls with Army nabbed for 10 infractions. Seeber made two saves in his 90 minutes of action and is still looking for his first win of his final campaign, sitting at 0-3.
The road doesn’t get easier for Lafayette going forward, hosting Boston U. (3-0 in Patriot League play) on Saturday at Oaks. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.