Goncalves Salvages Draw for Men's Soccer
EASTON, Pa. - Freshman Ryan Goncalves of the Lafayette men's soccer team found the back of the net in the 83rd minute to help the Leopards salvage a point in a 1-1 double-overtime draw against Holy Cross on Saturday evening at Mike Bourger '44 Field at Oaks Stadium.
The tie moves Lafayette's Patriot League record to 2-3-1 and its overall mark to 6-7-1. The Leopards currently sit at seven points, just enough for a spot in the Patriot League Tournament if the season ended today.
"We knew they were a team that committed a lot of numbers forward and a lot of numbers defensively, so if you could lock them in their end, you could stay there for a while, but if they got you in your end, they weren't backing off either," head coach Dennis Bohn said. "The game went kind of as planned. Instead of being frustrated about the early goals we've given up, we're actually getting angry. I think the boys took that anger and emotion and turned it into a positive tonight."
A gusting wind definitely played a factor on Saturday night as both teams dealt with the conditions throughout the pitch. Temperatures were in the low 40's with gusts of up to 20 mph at times.
Holy Cross struck first in the sixth minute. Rory Birse was able to get a deflection on a clear attempt by Lafayette goalkeeper Brad Seeber that fell right to the feet of Matt Villano in the center of the box. With just a defender to beat, Villano stuck a shot in the center of the net for the 1-0 advantage.
Then, Seeber locked in, as a number of diving saves, including a stretched-out effort to his right on a Declan Toomey strike in the 25th minute, kept the Leopards within one into the halftime break.
As the game moved through the second half, Lafayette continued to earn more and more possession and put consistent pressure on the Holy Cross defense. In the 75th minute, sophomore Grant Burg settled the ball in a hold-up play down the right side, leaving it for a cutting Goncalves into the box. The freshman's effort was an excellent hit, forcing a diving save at the near post from Crusader's net-minder Bobby Hurstak.
About seven minutes later, though, Goncalves didn't miss his second chance. Following a win from classmate James Gibson in the midfield, Goncalves worked down the right side and left a ball for senior Campbell Weyland before streaking in toward the box. Weyland played a cross to the far side that was settled by sophomore Josh Koval and sent back toward the center. There, it was Goncalves who sent a high right-footed volley past Hurstak for the equalizer.
"They played very good defense and put a lot of numbers behind the ball, so it was hard to get shots off," Goncalves added. "When we did, we tried to capitalize and I got very fortunate that it deflected in."
The Leopards and Crusaders played through to the end of regulation and through both overtime periods without a winner as both sides left with a point in the league standings. Shots were 10-9 in favor of the home side, while Lafayette earned 15 corners compared to just five for Holy Cross.
The Maroon and White return to the pitch on Wednesday, hosting crosstown rival Lehigh at 7 p.m.