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October 26, 2012
Vol. 54 No. 7

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Crusaders continue hot streak in shutout wins

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DRIBBLE, DRIBBLE - Sophomore midfielder David Trank dribbles down the field as Kings sophomore midfielder Brian Alifano looks on.
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Junior defender Dean Hristopoulos tries to evade a Kings defender with some crafty footwork. The Crusaders won 3-0.
"I could tell in the warm-up that we had a good energy," head coach Jim Findlay said before the Crusaders game against Kings. Senior defender Sam Meister said the team had good reason to be motivated for the game because they were playing for history.

With a win, the Crusaders (14-2 overall, 7-1 Landmark Conference) would set a school record with their 14th win of the season.

"If that wasn't enough motivation, I don't know what was," Meister said.

The added incentive certainly served the team well, as the Crusaders jumped out to a 2-0 lead at halftime on their way to a 3-0 victory for a record-setting win.

Susquehanna got on the scoreboard first with a goal from senior midfielder John Arnold off of an assist by sophomore midfielder David Trank in the 23rd minute.

Working quickly, Susquehanna tacked on another goal nine minutes later, courtesy of junior midfielder Andrew Murphy. Senior midfielder Daniel Sosa had the assist on the goal.

Even with the two-goal lead, Findlay said he felt it was important to keep up the intensity in the second half.

"We kept it going," Findlay said.

He said he wanted the team to come out of the half with the mindset to create more chances than they had in the first half. The Crusaders listened to their coach, adding a goal late in the second half to seal the victory.

"A 2-0 lead is good. We dictated the pace of the game, the play of the game, and we came out in the second half." Findlay said.

This mindset paid its dividends when Murphy scored his second goal of the game in the 86th minute, off of an assist by sophomore midfielder David Trank, his second helper of the game.

Susquehanna 3, USMMA 0
"I think our motto the last few games is, let's create chances and then the goals will hopefully come from there," Findlay said of the team's strategy going into a game against the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA).

This strategy certainly worked, as Susquehanna found the back of the net three times, using a strong second half in which they scored two goals to pull away from Merchant Marine (7-8, 3-4) for a 3-0 victory.

Junior defender Patrick Fry gave the Crusaders an early 1-0 lead in the 13th minute off of a pass from Trank. For Fry, the first-half tally was his fourth goal of the season.

Holding a slim one-goal advantage, sophomore forward Joe DeLuca gave Susquehanna some breathing room in the 47th minute when he scored a breakaway goal on a leading pass by Murphy.

"When we're at our best, when we're creating multiple chances we came out in the second half and create more chances, we're able to get the other two goals we need to win," Findlay said.

The other goal of the half came in the 74th minute off of the head of freshman defender Sean Leister, with the assist coming on a cross from sophomore forward Ryan Donlevie.

Susquehanna took a 1-0 lead early in the first half, only twelve minutes into the game. Bearing down on the penalty box with the ball, Trank passed towards junior defender Patrick Fry with the keeper in the vicinity, but Fry pounced on it and put it in the back of the net.

Meister said getting the 1-0 lead was a huge confidence booster for the team.

"Getting the first goal is everything because not only did they kind of put their head down a little bit, but you just get confidence and that's against any team. You got to score first. It really helps us out. Our record shows that when we score first, we win," he said.

Overall, Meister said he felt Susquehanna played a great game in which everything seemed to be going their way.

"I think it's the best we've played all year," he said.

The Crusaders travel to Moravian to conclude their regular season on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.


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