September 20, 2013
Semmel gives Crusaders upset victoryJunior midfielder Kyle Semmel took a pass from sophomore midfielder Gannon Keller and buried it in the back of the net in the 73rd minute to give the Crusaders a lead.
The goal from Semmel turned out to be the only goal the Crusaders needed, winning 1-0 to upset the fourth-ranked York Spartans.
Semmel was quick to praise freshman midfielder Garian Lashley, who he said played a role in the eventual goal.
"He made a really nice pass. It was real quick-up to Gannon Keller who kind of did all the work and passed a perfect ball to me right through a little hole in the defense, and all I had to do was get my foot on it and score," he said.
Senior goalkeeper Matt Salsman was forced to make two key saves in the final 15 minutes of the game to preserve the victory.
With senior midfielder Chris Weaver bearing down on him, Salsman made a sprawling save. Then, in the waning seconds of the game York senior midfielder Daniel Baxter was able to get a shot off, but Salsman was able to push the shot outside of the post, ending the game and giving the Crusaders the victory.
Coach Jim Findlay was full of praise for his goalkeeper.
"Obviously, the year that Salsman had last year, for him to come up and make those two big saves, that's why he comes back for his extra year and that's the leadership he provides back there as the last line of defense... then the save at the end. I mean, you watch the video, that had a legitimate chance of going in and he pushed it wide past the post," Findlay said.
Susquehanna immediately pressured the York defense, creating three chances within the first 10 minutes.
"To win a game like that against a traditionally strong, highly ranked team was great," Findlay said. However, Findlay said he hopes it has become an expectation to win every single game based on last years success.
Semmel agreed with his coach, "I think we go into every game expecting to win and with York, with that big game, we were kind of just expecting to play as well as we have been, if not better and see what happens. We definitely had expectations to win the game."
Susquehanna 1, Lebanon Valley 1
Coming off of a win against nationally-ranked York, Susquehanna played Lebanon Valley to a 1-1 tie in front of a home crowd on Wednesday night.
Susquehanna took the lead in the first half, scoring within the first 30 minutes of the game when senior midfielder Andrew Murphy found sophomore midfielder Samuel Tana for his first goal of the season.
Susquehanna had several more chances throughout the half, including a chance in the 26th minute by Murphy that forced a save by the Lebanon Valley goalkeeper, denying Susquehanna their second goal.
Down 1-0, Lebanon Valley forced the pressure early in the second half, converting in the 66th minute when freshman midfielder Alex Detweiler put a shot on goal that hit the cross bar.
Unable to clear the ball on the ricochet, senior defender Jim Fisher was able to take advantage for Lebanon Valley, putting it in the back of the net and tying the game at one.
For the rest of the half and the two overtime periods, both teams were unable to find the back of the net, and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
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