Men's Soccer Drops Heartbreaker at Navy
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - After fighting back from a 1-0 hole to take the lead midway through the second half, the Lafayette men's soccer team couldn't hold on at Navy on Saturday evening, falling 3-2 in overtime to the Mids.
Lafayette, currently sitting in sixth place in the league standings with 10 points, has Colgate left on its schedule next weekend to decide its postseason fate. The Leopards will have to wait until the final two weekend games are played tomorrow before they figure out what needs to be done to secure a spot in the six-team field on Saturday.
After 45 minutes without a goal, an offensive outburst broke out in the second half as four goals were scored, two from each side. The opening tally came from the Mids in the 50th minute as Daniel Zaremba won a ball from a Lafayette defender and fired a shot past Lafayette goalkeeper Brad Seeber for the marker.
Lafayette answered quickly, though, as just over 10 minutes later, the Leopards responded with two scores in a four-minute span. In the 61st, senior Ben Marks found space at the corner of the 18-yard box and fired a beautiful curling shot inside the far post to tie the game. Then, in the 65th minute, Josh Kruczek found freshman Evan Vare cutting toward the near post in the box and the rookie finished past Navy net-minder Mac Burke for the go-ahead score.
However, the Leopards didn't hold their lead for long as Ben Nicholas came back with the equalizer in the 74th minute. Diego Manrique put a ball into the far side of the box from about 30 yards out that found Nicholas' run behind Seeber and he finished in the net to make it 2-2.
The game moved through to an overtime period where misfortune sunk the Maroon and White. A cross from Aubrey Jones was mishandled by Seeber, setting up Daniel Zaremba for the game-winning header as Navy took it with a final of 3-2.
The Mids led the way in shots, 20-12, and took seven corners compared to just one for Lafayette. Seeber made four saves between the pipes, while Burke made one to pick up his fifth win. The loss drops the Leopards to 7-8-2 on the year and 3-4-1 in league play, while Navy improves to 5-8-4 and 1-5-2 in conference action.
Lafayette returns to Oaks Stadium on Saturday for its final regular season game, hosting Colgate for Senior Day with opening kick set for 4 p.m.