Men's Soccer Erupts for Four Goals in Win over NJIT
Nov. 6, 2007
EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette men's soccer team (9-3-5) scored a season-high four goals in a shutout of NJIT on Tuesday night at Mike Bourger Field. Three players netted their first goals of the season to give the Leopards their ninth win of the fall.
Juniors John Griffith and David Tapsfield and freshman Sam Feldbaum each scored their first goals of the season. Rookie goalie Andrew Pianko got his fourth start of the season and recorded the shutout thanks to an outstanding effort from the Lafayette defense that did not allow NJIT to take a shot on goal all night.
Sophomore Kevin Miller got the scoring started for the Leopards just three minutes into the game when he redirected a throw-in from freshman Andreas Kustas past NJIT goalie Colin Cunning. The Highlanders would keep the Leopards off the scoreboard until Griffith netted his first goal of the season with 31 minutes on the scoreboard to increase Lafayette's lead to two. That score would hold up heading into halftime.
In the 53rd minute of the game, Feldbaum netted his first career score with assists from junior Chad Barbieri and Kustas to give Lafayette a 3-0 advantage. The Leopards weren't done scoring yet, however, as 35 minutes later senior Mark Price found Tapsfield, who fired a shot past Cunning for the team's fourth goal of the night.
The shutout was the team's 10th of the season while the four scores marked just the sixth game in which the Leopards have netted multiple goals.
The Leopards wrap-up their regular season with a road match at Patriot League opponent Holy Cross on Saturday at 2 p.m. With a win over the Crusaders, Lafayette would secure a spot in the league's postseason tournament.
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