Men's Soccer Routs Delaware, 3-0
Nov. 1, 2011
NEWARK, Del. - With a Patriot League Tournament berth on the line this coming weekend, the Lafayette men's soccer team built momentum heading into Saturday's showdown in Lewisburg with a 3-0 victory at Delaware. Kyle Scharfenberg, Peter Adubato and Alec Golini netted the three Lafayette goals.
With the win, Lafayette moves to 8-5-4 overall and clinches its 11th consecutive winning campaign. The host Fighting Blue Hens, who are in the midst of the winningest season in program history, fall to 11-4-2.
Scharfenberg's goal was the game-winner midway through the first half, while Adubato and Golini had tallies just three minutes apart in the final stages of the match to seal the victory. Sean Peckham, Chandler Fraser-Pauls, Blake Fink and Tom McCutcheon assisted on the Lafayette goals.
Nathan McDonald stopped all five shots that he faced in the shutout win. The clean sheet is McDonald's third of the season and the ninth for the Leopards as a team. The sophomore keeper is unbeaten at 4-0-1 in goal.
The Leopards led the Blue Hens in shots, 14-11, though Delaware had a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. Kris Devaux made four saves for Delaware.
Scharfenberg took advantage of a Delaware turnover to open the scoring in the 30th minute. The junior controlled a ball misplayed by a Blue Hens defender and finished at the left post to give the Leopards a 1-0 lead. The goal was the team-high fifth marker of the season for Scharfenberg.
The Leopards went on to add a pair of second-half insurance tallies, as two players recorded the first goal of their respective careers. In the 79th minute, Peckham connected with Fraser-Pauls during a scramble in front of the box. The freshman's strike was redirected into the net by Adubato to put the Leopards on top, 2-0.
The third goal came exactly three minutes later in the 82nd minute. Golini was the benefactor of slick passing in the box by Fink and McCutcheon, converting his first collegiate marker to run the score to its eventual final of 3-0.
The Leopards close out the Patriot League regular season on Saturday, Nov. 5 at reigning champion Bucknell. Lafayette will qualify for its ninth Patriot League Tournament in the last 10 seasons with a win over the Bison and either a Navy loss (at Colgate) or a Lehigh tie or loss (home vs. Army).