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November 02, 2012
Vol. 54 No. 8

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Crusaders earn another shutout victory

CONTROLLING THE PACE
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CONTROLLING THE PACE - Junior defender Patrick Fry dribbles upfield in the Crusaders' 4-0 win over Moravian.
Playing in their season finale, with Landmark Conference playoff implications on the line, the Susquehanna men's soccer team shut out Moravian on their home turf, 4-0.

The win was the third straight victory for the Crusaders (15-2, 6-1 Landmark Conference) in which the team scored three goals or more, and junior midfielder Andrew Murphy said it is due to how the team plays each and every minute of every game.

"We're just using our athleticism, our work ethic," Murphy said.

He said their offense revolves around winning the ball in the middle of the field, and then getting the ball to the outside to players such as senior midfielder John Arnold.

Besides scoring, the Moravian (5-11-1, 0-7) game marked Susquehanna's third shutout victory in a row.

In their previous two games against Merchant Marine and Kings, the Susquehanna defense also recorded a clean sheet as well.

In their regular-season finale, Susquehanna found the back of the net first and never looked back, scoring two goals in each half.

In the first half, Susquehanna opened up the scoring in the 18th minute with a goal from junior defender Patrick Fry. Senior midfielder Daniel Sosa had the assist. Susquehanna took a 2-0 lead in the 35th minute when freshman midfielder Samuel Tana added a goal of his own.

Susquehanna continued to build their lead in the second half, with senior defender Brandon Kates scoring in the 49th minute and freshman forward Pedro Souza scoring in the 88th minute.

The Crusaders used a 27-5 shot advantage over the Greyhounds to keep possession in the offensive half of the field and put pressure on the Greyhounds defense.

With the win and the ensuing draw out of a hat, Susquehanna earned a home playoff game against Drew on Thursday night.

"That was probably one of our biggest goals going in," Murphy said.

"First goal we set for ourselves was to get a home playoff game. I don't think we should take [Drew] very lightly. They're playing their best soccer right now, and they're a very good team but our defense is probably one of the best in the country."

If Susquehanna's defense keeps playing the way they've been playing, good things are in store for the Susquehanna men's soccer team once the playoffs start this weekend.

Susquehanna heads into the match having scored 38 goals in the regular season, while allowing only eight goals behind a staunch defense.

During the regular season, Susquehanna's defense recorded nine shutout victories.

The Susquehanna men's soccer team takes on Drew in the Landmark Conference Semifinals on their home turf tomorrow at 2 p.m.

The Crusaders beat the Rangers 3-0 on Sept. 22 at home during the regular season. During that game they had a 16-9 shot advantage over the Rangers.

"If our offense is clicking I don't think we should have a problem coming to play," Murphy said.

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