Men’s Soccer Falls to American on Senior Day
EASTON, Pa. – The Lafayette men’s soccer team fell to American on Senior Day at Mike Bourger ’44 Field at Oaks stadium on Saturday afternoon by a 2-1 score.
The loss knots the Leopards and Eagles in the Patriot League standings with other important conference contests taking place on Sunday. Lafayette falls to 3-5 in league action and 4-13 overall.
Lafayette had its chances on Saturday, coming through with a number of dangerous scoring opportunities that just didn’t find the back of the net. In the opening minute, off a corner, sophomore Diego Gomera-Tavarez sent a ball that was headed out of the box back in, finding classmate Evan Vare on the far side, who took a touch and rifled a shot just outside the top right corner.
Then, just two minutes later, American answered and beat Lafayette senior goalkeeper Brad Seeber off a free kick. The set piece, starting just inside the Leopards’ half of the midfield line, found Oscar McConnell on the left side of the box, whose initial shot was muffed, but it found its way to Nick Dimitrijevic, who was able to push it over the goal line for the early 1-0 advantage.
Late in the half, the Leopards looked to have the equalizer when Vare and freshman Andrew Venezia connected on a counter. Working through the middle of the field, Vare sent a ball out left to a cutting Venezia, who put a good strike on the ball, but a strong kick-save from John Mino kept it out.
Mino couldn’t do anything with Vare’s effort to start the second half, though, as he and classmate Ryan Goncalves carved through the Eagle defense for the tying tally. Working a give-and-go through the middle of the field, Vare sent it out to the right side for Goncalves, who slotted it back to Vare in the box. The Leopards’ leading scorer flicked it past Mino for his seventh goal of the year and the game was knotted at 1-1.
Lafayette carried that momentum over the next 10 minutes, searching for the go-ahead tally. In the 53rd, it was Vare again, who beat two defenders down the left side and shot just high, narrowly missing the top corner.
Unfortunately, the Eagles were able to fend off the Leopards’ attack and come up with the winner in the 69th minute. With the ball down the middle of the field, Matt Gillis sent a pass wide to the left side for Andreas Djurhuus, who beat Seeber into the far right side for the 2-1 advantage and the eventual game-winning goal.
The Leopards continued to fight over the final 20 minutes, but Mino couldn’t be beaten as American held on for the road win. Seeber made two saves on the afternoon for his sixth loss of the year, while Mino finished with four stops and moves to 4-10-1 overall.
Shots were 13-8 in favor of the Maroon and White, but American earned seven corners compared to Lafayette’s six.
Prior to the game, the men’s soccer program honored its four seniors, playing in their final home game as Lafayette student-athletes. Will Feldman, Brian Ehrlich, Brad Seeber and Christian Moyse were thanked for their contributions to the program and we wish them well in all of their future endeavors.
The Leopards finish their regular season on the road next weekend, traveling to Baltimore, Md. to take on Loyola on Saturday at 1 p.m.