Men's Soccer Rolls Past NJIT, 3-1
Oct. 25, 2011
EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette men's soccer team posted its largest offensive output of the season on Tuesday night en route to toppling visiting NJIT, 3-1, at Mike Bourger '44 Field at Oaks Stadium. The Leopards got goals from Blake Fink, Eli Hajjar and Kyle Scharfenberg.
With the non-league victory, Lafayette moves to 7-5-3. The Highlanders fall to 4-9-2 on the season.
Nathan McDonald made two saves in net to improve to 3-0-1. Lars Maalen-Johansen went the distance between the posts for NJIT and made three saves. Lafayette outshot the visitors, 14-5, and attempted four corner kicks to the Highlanders' one.
Fink opened the scoring in the 11th minute, as Scharfenberg sent a ball from midfield as Fink got behind the defense. The junior unleashed a shot from 11 yards out that beat Maalen-Johansen and put the Leopards on top, 1-0. Fink's goal was his fourth of the season, while the assist was the second for Scharfenberg.
The Leopards recorded another marker just before the half. In the 45th minute, Chandler Fraser-Pauls served a ball into the box. The pass was deflected by Tom McCutcheon and landed at the foot of Hajjar, who buried the eventual game-winning goal and the first tally of his career. The helper was Fraser-Pauls' second assist and McCutcheon's first.
The Highlanders got on the board in the second half, when Nils Warfving sent home a corner kick by Christian Nieto in the 63rd minute to cut the deficit in half at 2-1. Warfving's goal and Nieto's assist were both the first of the season for the NJIT duo.
The Leopards would add an insurance goal in the 81st minute on a corner kick of their own. Sean Peckham did the honors and found Scharfenberg at the far post. Scharfenberg headed home his fourth goal of the season - tying Fink for the team lead. Peckham leads all Leopards with three assists on the season.
The Leopards and Highlanders both wore neon yellow shoelaces for the match as a part of the Go4theGoal Foundation's "Lace-Up 4 Pediatric Cancer" campaign.
Patriot League play resumes on Sunday, Oct. 30 with a pivotal showdown at Army at 3:30 p.m. With two League matches left to play, the Leopards are currently tied for the fourth and final tournament berth with seven points (2-2-1).