Men’s soccer still seeking first LC win

The Susquehanna men’s
soccer team suffered a 3-1
loss on the road to Moravian
on Oct. 18.
In the first half, Moravian
scored twice, once at the
26-minute mark and a second
time at the 35-minute mark.
After being down 2-0 at halftime,
the Crusaders surrendered
a third goal 15 minutes
into the second half.
Susquehanna sophomore
defender Colin Keyes scored
the lone Crusader goal 72
minutes into the game.
Head Coach Jim Findlay
said the team struggled early
but battled back and had a
strong second period.
“We put ourselves in a hole
early, but we put pressure on
them late in the game and
scored a goal to make it 3-1.
Something positive about our
team is that we never give
up,” Findlay said.
Keyes, who scored the
only goal for Susquehanna in
the game, was disappointed,
saying the loss was tough
and that the team went into
the game expecting a win
and a chance to keep playoff
dreams alive.
When asked about the season
so far, Keyes felt that the
team was simply struggling to
score goals.
“It’s just execution and
putting the ball in the back of
the net,” Keyes said.
Findlay said a key for the
team is to score first.
“Over the last couple
of games, we’ve been trying
to not give up the first
goal. We’ve been beaten on
good crosses in the past few
games,” Findlay said.
Susquehanna fell to another
conference opponent on
Wednesday, losing 4-2 to the
Juniata Eagles.
The Eagles jumped out to a
2-0 lead just 22 minutes into
the game.
The Crusaders battled
back, scoring late in the first
half and early in the second
half to tie the game at two.
Sophomore midfielder
Matt Roberts got the Crusaders
on the scoreboard in the
42nd minute.
Freshman forward Elias
George capitalized on the
shift in momentum, netting
the equalizing goal just 64
seconds into the second half.
The Eagles seized back
control less than 10 minutes
later, when sophomore midfielder
Dani Meyer-Arrivillaga
scored his second goal of
the day to put his team ahead.
Juniata added an insurance
goal in the 82nd minute to
seal the victory.
Findlay said he wanted to
work with the team members
on how they will defend opponents
in upcoming games.
After winning the Landmark
Conference Championship
in 2013, Findlay gave his
team the goal of reaching the
playoffs again in 2014.
The team’s performance
so far this season has forced
Findlay to change his goal for
the team.
Findlay said: “Yeah, our
goal was to get back into the
playoffs. We are unable to do
so now. We are now trying to
end our season on a high note
and limit the number of goals
scored on us.”
Although Findlay is always
looking towards recruiting
for next year, he will still
be putting out the best team
on the field and trying to win,
despite the team’s struggles
this season. Findlay believes
that the team’s record could
be misleading.
“This team is better than its
record shows. We’ve had injuries
and unfortunate bounces,”
Findlay said.
The last home game for the
Crusaders is Saturday against
Catholic at 1 p.m. They are
still seeking their first conference