Lafayette Drops 2-1 Decision to Colgate in Men's Soccer Action
Oct. 14, 2007
EASTON, Pa. - Senior Scott Hawkins scored early but the Lafayette men's soccer team (6-2-4, 1-1-1) dropped a 2-1 Patriot League game to Colgate on Sunday afternoon. The Raiders scored two second half goals to hand the Leopards just their second loss of the season and their first in league action.
Both teams took four shots in the opening half but only Lafayette was able to turn one of those shots into a goal. Hawkins got the Leopards on the board with a header following a corner kick by senior Anthony Sepe. Junior Chad Barbieri headed the ball to Hawkins who found the back of the net for the early 1-0 lead. The goal, coming on the first shot of the game, was Hawkins' team-leading fifth of the season.
Lafayette goalie Philip Nelson made his first save of the afternoon with a diving stop on a header from Eric Anton. Freshman B.J. Glenn had a breakaway that was smothered by Colgate goalie David Cappuccio to end the scoring threat. Anton had a second chance at a goal but his shot at 17:23 sailed wide as Lafayette held on to its one goal lead.
Colgate had another scoring opportunity ended when Nelson made a great stop on a shot by Matt Leach with just over 12 minutes remaining in the first half. Hawkins almost had his second goal of the game but Cappuccio made the save with 3:30 remaining in the opening half. Lafayette maintained its one goal advantage at halftime.
Glenn nearly scored his second goal of the week when he fired a shot at 55:22 but Cappuccio made a great save to end the scoring threat and keep the score 1-0 in favor of the Leopards.
Colgate had a free kick with just under 34 minutes remaining but Nelson made a save on Alex Weekes' shot. The lead remained at one for Lafayette after Nelson had another save on Weekes' second shot of the half.
Leach finally got Colgate on the board at 72:04, however, with an assist from Dan Belke to tie the game at one. The Raiders came close to scoring again just seconds later but an offsides call against Leach negated the scoring opportunity.
Colgate' continued to pressure on offense and Anton scored the game-winning goal with just over 10 minutes remaining to give the Raiders their first lead of the match. Lafayette's offense could not find the back of the net in the final minutes of play as Colgate held on for the victory.
The Leopards, currently ranked second in the NSCAA's Mid-Atlantic Region, continue Patriot League play when they travel to Army on Saturday, Oct. 20, for a 1 p.m. match.
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