BY RYAN RODRIGUEZ-CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The Susquehanna men’s soccer team beat Ursinus 2-1 in an overtime match Sept. 6. With the win, the Crusaders improved to 2-1 on the season. Having back-to-back wins under their belt, the team is finding its groove early on.
It only took sophomore forward Ryan Cronin 70 seconds in the first period of overtime to score the game winner, thanks to an assist from junior midfielder Garian Lashley.
The game was very defensive. From the start, Susquehanna was able to keep momentum and created opportunities. Susquehanna ended the game with 15 shots and Ursinus ended with 11. Susquehanna ended with six shots on goal and senior goalkeeper Augusto Lima racked in five saves.
In the first half the Crusaders started out strong but gave up some crucial turnovers.
In the 31st minute Susquehanna gave up a goal off of a midfield turnover. Ursinus junior midfielder Justin Mendez was able to score off of an assist from senior midfielder Dean DerSimonian.
Susquehanna only managed four shots off in the first half against the Ursinus defense.
Going into the second half, the team was able to bounce back in the 68th minute and tie the game from a penalty kick taken by senior midfielder Samuel Tana.
The Crusaders were able to rattle off 10 shots in the second half and were able to carry the momentum into overtime.
Susquehanna came out strong with a fierce attack early in overtime and was able to capitalize on a loose ball and win the game on Cronin’s goal.
“We felt like we had the momentum after tying it up, so we wanted to attack early and find a way to win,” head coach Jim Findlay said.
Findlay continued: “This is the second game we have been the better team but have been down at half time, but we were able to dig deep and find ways to attack the opponent,” he said.
“Even though we did not play to our standards in the first half, our leadership was able guide us through and give us confidence,” Lima said after the game.
Susquehanna competed against Lycoming on Wednesday. The team looked to keep building on their momentum and to keep their winning streak alive.
The Crusaders lost 4-2 after falling behind Lycoming early in the game.
The loss dropped Susquehanna to 2-2 on the young season, after the team finished last season with eight losses in its final nine games.
The game remained a scoreless tie until the 26:10 mark when Tana scored an unassited goal to give Susquehanna the lead.
Lycoming came back in force, though, starting at 38:44 when freshman defender Sainclair Tueno scored a goal to tie the game.
Things only got worse from there for Susquehanna, as sophomore midfielder Jordan Logan scored two goals for Lycoming at 41:10 and 44:02 thanks to a pair of assists on each play.
In the period, each team added another goal.
Susquehanna tried to get back in the game at 55:23 when junior defender Jeremy Motsko scored a goal thanks to an assist by Lashley.
Lycoming retaliated when sophomore midfielder Abdullahi Abdi scored Lycoming’s final goal thanks to an assist on the play by sophomore forward Duc Momo.
The goal by Abdi gave Lycoming a 4-2 lead, which stood for the rest of the game.
Both teams each used a single goal keeper for the entire game. Lima faced 10 shots on goal, six of which he saved. Lycoming’s junior goalkeeper Josh Gildea also faced 10 shots on goal during the game, but he saved eight of them.
The game seemed to have no lack of penalties from either side, as Susquehanna comitted 19 fouls, while Lycoming had 16.
Susquehanna seemed to be slightly more effective when taking shots, as they had 15 shots compared to the 17 shots Lycoming had, even though both teams totaled 10 shots on the goal.
In addition to his assist, Lashely had a strong game with five shots and four of them being on the goal.
For Lycoming, Logan took the lead by having six shots, five which came on the goal. He also scored two of Lycoming’s goals.
In addition, Abdi had a solid game for Lycoming with all three of his shots in the game being on the goal.
With the loss to Lycoming, Susquehanna’s record drops to 2-2, while Lycoming’s record improves to 3-1.
Susquehanna has a pair of home games coming up as they will face off against York on Sept. 12, and Lebanon Valley on Sept. 16.
After the game against Lebanon Valley, Susquehanna will go on the road to face conference foe Merchant Marine Academy.