Leopards Turn Defense to Offense for 2-1 Win
EASTON, Pa. -- Sophomore Diego Gomera-Tavarez fired a strike from distance and senior captain Christian Moyse converted on a PK for the game-winner as the Lafayette men's soccer team came out victorious to kick off homecoming weekend, a 2-1 win over Colgate on Mike Bourger '44 Field at Oaks Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Amidst a raucous atmosphere created by the Leopard alums, who participated in an alumni game at Metzger Fields Athletic Complex prior to the Patriot League tilt, Lafayette put forth an inspired effort to get right back into the Patriot League Tournament picture with three key points. The win moves the Maroon and White to 3-12 on the year overall, but two of those wins came in league play, sitting at 2-4 in conference action.
The game's first goal came just before halftime as a controversial foul call at the top of the box set up a free kick from a dangerous spot, right in front of goal, about 20 yards out. Colgate's Aram Ouligian stepped up and hit a perfect ball, curling over the wall and finding the lower left corner to beat Lafayette senior goalkeeper Brad Seeber and send the game into the break at 1-0.
But Gomera-Tavarez's magic changed the course of the game in the 56th minute. Finding space about 30 yards out to the right of goal, he settled and fired a laser through a mass of players that struck the left post and found the back of the net, easily the goal of the year for the Maroon and White.
That score completely changed the game, firing up both the crowd and the Lafayette side as it pushed for another. That's when Moyse stepped up, getting into the scrum on a corner and drawing a penalty in the 77th minute. The captain made no mistake with his opportunity, slotting a clinical finish to the left side from the spot for the eventual game-winner.
The Leopards' defense needed to hold up their end of the bargain late as Seeber came through with a point-blank save off a redirect of a free kick in the 85th minute to keep the equalizer off the board. From there, Lafayette played out the final five minutes and celebrated with their fans at the fence, a 2-1 victory.
Seeber earned his second win of the 2017 campaign, making four saves on the afternoon. Shots were 11-9 in Colgate's favor and the visitors also led in corners, 4-2.
Three more Patriot League contests remain for Lafayette, with the next being a midweek trip to Annapolis, Md. for a meeting with Navy on Wednesday. Opening touch is set for 7 p.m.