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Tuesday's Men's Soccer Scoreboard - 10/2
Colgate 2, Hartwick 1
Elon 3, West Virginia 2
Colgate 2, Hartwick 1
ONEONTA, NY – Hartwick stormed back at the end of the contest but it was too little too late for the Hawks in a 2-1 non-conference defeat to Colgate University on Tuesday night on Elmore Field.
The Raiders jumped in front by two goals with 20 minutes to play in the game before Hartwick finally broke through in the 87th minute on a tally from Jason Keefe (Springfield, MA/Springfield Central).
The Hawks earned a corner in the final minutes but could not produce the tying goal. Russell Oost-Lievense (Westport, CT/Staples HS), who assisted Keefe’s score, had the final chance for the Hawks but his long-range effort was handled by Raider keeper Liam Stapleton.
With the loss, ’Wick drops to 3-4-2 overall. Colgate improves to 3-4-4 with the win.
Neither team had many changes in the opening 45 minutes of action. However, Colgate made good on its best, and quite possibly it’s only chance of the half nearly 20 minutes in. On the right flank, Shane Conlin got a step on a Hartwick defender and he carried the ball deep into Hawk territory. His cross found leading scorer Mike Reidy just inside 18 yards and he volleyed past goalkeeper Mateo Munarriz (Manizales, Colombia/Colegio Granadino) up high to his right for a 1-0 Raider lead.
The Hawks best chance of the half came following a corner with roughly three minutes to play. A corner by Tyler Bailey (Spencer, NY/Binghamton Univ.) was sent low into the box and played on by defender Jack Miller (Commack, NY/Commack) and the ball went to Ross MacKinnon (Glasgow, Scotland/Jordanhill School) six yards in front of Colgate’s goal. MacKinnon went to the ground but still managed a left-footed shot, but the ball was deflected and cleared out of the goal mouth by a raider defender.
The first half ended with both teams even in shots, 3-3. They were also even in corners, 2-2.
Over the first 25 minutes of the second half, the Hawks held a 2-0 edge in shots. A Keefe shot from distance was saved by Stapleton and a Marc Russell (Glasgow, Scotland/Woodfarm HS) header went high over the bar.
Colgate added to its lead at 69:18. Roughly 35 yards from goal, Nick Arpey served a ball into the Hartwick box and Evan Heroux got his head to the ball before a charging Munarriz. The ball bounced into the goal just before Munarriz recovered to bat the ball out and the Raiders were up by a two-goal margin.
The Hawks pressed by their opening goal with two shots from Nathaniel Horton (Stowe, VT/Stowe HS) and David Styles (Bognor Regis, England/St. Phillip Howard) in the next six minutes. Horton’s shot, however, went wide and Styles’ was collected by Stapleton.
Finally at 86:04, Oost-Lievense served a ball into the box that Keefe got a piece of and sent toward the near post. Stapleton got his fingers to it but could not keep the ball out of his goal and the Hawks were within one. Unfortunately for ’Wick it would mark their final solid scoring chance of the night and the Raiders emerged with the victory.
Hartwick closed the match with a 9-8 edge in shots. Colgate had the slight edge in corners, 6-5. Munarriz and Stapleton both finished with three saves.
The win for Colgate is just its seventh in the all-time series but its second in the last two seasons. Hartwick has the series advantage with a 37-7-4 record.
Hartwick returns to Mid-American Conference play this Saturday in Dekalb, IL. The Hawks play Northern Illinois Saturday at 2 p.m.
Elon 3, West Virginia 2
MORGANTOWN, W. – Two goals in the last three minutes of the match completed a comeback for Elon as they defeated the No. 18 West Virginia University men’s soccer team, 3-2, on Tuesday evening at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
“It wasn’t for a lack of not knowing what they were going to do,” coach Marlon LeBlanc says. “Everything they did was essentially playing it long in the air, have No. 20 (Chris Thomas) go up and win flicks and headers. We knew what to do and how to react on it and we failed in all aspects. It is my fault.”
Trailing 2-1, Elon’s Chris Thomas notched his second goal of the match and 15th of the season in the 87th minute after receiving a flick from Matt Wescoe and headed the ball by charging senior keeper Pat Eavenson for the game-tying goal.
Less than three minutes later the roles were reversed and Thomas flicked the ball to Wescoe, who chipped it over Eavenson for the game winner.
The Mountaineers dominated the possession for the majority of the match as they held the shot advantage at 27-10, while also holding the corner kick edge at 12-6.
WVU senior Eric Schoenle scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season in the 55th minute on a downward header to give WVU the 1-0 lead. Freshman Zak Leedom played a short corner to sophomore Andy Bevin, who crossed the ball to a streaking Schoenle.
Thomas notched the equalizer for Elon in the 60th minute as Gabe Latigue played a ball over the head of a WVU defender to Thomas, who got behind the WVU defense and slotted the ball past Eavenson.
Thomas nearly had an identical goal in the 68th minute, but Eavenson deflected the ball and it hit the post.
The Mountaineers took the 2-1 lead in the 73rd minute as freshman Jamie Merriam took a bending shot from 20 yards out on the left side of the pitch that Elon keeper Nathan Dean could not reach as it squeaked under the crossbar. Freshman Majed Osman played the ball to Merriam after receiving a pass from senior Peabo Doue off a free kick.
Thomas led all players with six shots, including five on goal, while senior Uwem Etuk and Bevin each had five shots for the Mountaineers. Eavenson made five saves in the losing effort and Dean made eight saves for the Phoenix.
WVU dominated the first half, outshooting the Phoenix 17-1, including 5-1 shots on goal.
Etuk took two shots in the 18th minute, but had both opportunities blocked by an Elon defender. A minute later Bevin volleyed a ball out of mid-air that Dean caught.
Bevin had another chance in the 25th minute, receiving a centering pass from freshman Ryan Cain that he shot into Dean from point-blank range.
The Elon back line saved Dean in the 39th minute as Merriam took a shot that was cleared off the line for a team save.
The Mountaineers started strong in the second half as Bevin battled for the ball along the Elon goal line and sent a pass to Sebele at the top of the six yard box. Sebele took a left-footed shot that Dean corralled.
The Mountaineers will stay at home for a match against Mid-American Conference foe Buffalo on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m. The game has been designated as a “Dollar Day,” with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas available for one dollar each.
For live stats and video stream of the match courtesy of Kroger, visit WVUsports.com.