BY ALEX KURTZ – STAFF WRITER
Susquehanna’s men’s soccer team fell 3-2 to Landmark Conference foe Catholic on Oct. 24 in Washington, D.C.
The Crusaders were pushed into a 1-0 halftime deficit after an early goal, and by the 67th minute, they were down 3-0.
A late rally started in the 85th minute, and Susquehanna scored two goals in four minutes to make the game interesting, but the last goal came with three seconds left, and time expired before the Crusaders had a chance to tie the game.
The game started off poorly for the Crusaders, as Catholic scored just eight minutes in on a goal by senior defender Ben Sykes. However, Susquehanna fought to stay in the game, and held the deficit to 1-0 going into the half, despite five other shots by Catholic.
Once the second half started, things went downhill for the Crusaders. Catholic senior defender Josh Barrett scored in the 50th minute on a header from a corner kick to make it 2-0.
Then, in the 66th minute, sophomore midfielder Heston Priestley beat Susquehanna senior goalie Augusto Lima for another goal to extend the Cardinals’ lead to 3-0.
Susquehanna attempted to mount a late comeback, as senior defender Brandon Jackson scored on a quick cross to narrow the deficit to 3-1.
Four minutes later, senior forward Paul Siekman scored off of a pass from freshman defender Thomas Burke, but it was too little too late for the Crusaders. With only three seconds left, the game was set in stone, and the Crusaders fell by a final score of 3-2.
Susquehanna was led in shots by junior midfielder Nick Fecci and freshman forward Maxfield Reed, who each had three shots on the day, while four other players contributed two. Lima had four saves on the day.
Susquehanna fell to 8-6-2 on the year and 3-2-2 in conference play, while Catholic improved to 6-9-1 and 3-3-1 in conference play.