Susquehanna 'Boots' Lycoming
Sophomore midfielder Jim Robertiello, of Chester, N.J., scored a highlight-reel goal off an assist from sophomore forward Shane Atha, also of Chester, N.J., to push Susquehanna University past Lycoming College, 1–0, during the 2008 edition of the “Battle of the Boot.”
Sophomore B.J. Merriam, of Voorhees, N.J., was active in goal for Susquehanna but did not have to make an official save while posting his third straight shutout. The Warriors goalkeeper made four saves for Lycoming, including stopping a point-blank rebound attempt off the goalpost with just 16 minutes, 2 seconds remaining in the second half to keep the game scoreless.
Robertiello broke the scoreless tie with 9 minutes, 55 seconds to play, though, when he took a pass from Atha, made a couple of quick moves and beat the diving keeper to his right with a shot through the mouth of the penalty box.
The Crusaders ultimately outshot Lycoming, 15–4 to help keep possession of “the Boot”—a bronze mounted soccer shoe that the teams compete for annually. SU has won the last five “boot” games.
In an effort to promote the rivalry between the students of each school, Lycoming’s sports information office teamed with the Crusaders’ athletics communications office to hold a halftime contest at the game.
Four students from each school, two males and two females, came onto the field for a chance to win the Battle of the Boot’s Fan Supremacy Cup, a trophy that will remain with the winners each year. Each team had an equal number of chances to score a goal from midfield. Susquehanna edged Lycoming, 2–1, to add the cup to its possession alongside the boot.
Robert Healy III, director of athletics communications, is a contributing writer to The Scoreboard section.