October 04, 2013
Crusaders rebound with shutout winComing off of two consecutive losses, including a loss in their conference opener, the Susquehanna men's soccer team responded with a 2-0 victory over Moravian, earning its first conference win of the season.
Coach Jim Findlay said that because it was a conference matchup, it was really important to get a good result. He said it would be hard to bounce back from 0-2 in the conference.
"We really felt good coming into it even though we didn't have the results we were looking for," junior midfielder Kyle Semmel said. "We were switching things up and moving guys in positions where we thought they could really succeed and excel. Especially with our conference, how tough it is, it was really important not to go down two losses."
Susquehanna found the back of the net early when sophomore defender Paul Siekmann was able to pounce on a ball loose in the box and bury it in the back of the net only five minutes into the game, giving the Crusaders a 1-0 lead.
Susquehanna continued to pressure the Greyhounds defense throughout the half.
In the first half alone, the Crusaders registered nine shots, including another by Siekmann in the 14th minute that forced a save by the Greyhounds goalie. Senior midfielder Andrew Murphy also had a shot that forced a save in the 27th minute.
Even though Murphy missed out on an opportunity in the first half, he didn't waste any time finding the back of the net in the second.
On his first opportunity of the second half, in the 67th minute, Murphy was able to beat the goalie to the lower corner of the net off of a long feed by junior midfielder David Trank.
Semmel said Trank, as well as the other midfielders, give the team confidence in their ability to score.
"We've been trying to get the ball wide, and whenever they get the ball we feel like we can have a very good scoring opportunity with them because they can basically beat almost any defender that we play," he said.
In the end, the Crusaders were able to get the victory, as well as a clean sheet, and Findlay said it was because of the team's focus.
"We were focused. We stuck to our game plan," Findlay said.
Semmel said the team's performance against Moravian will help the team moving forward, especially against their next opponent, Drew.
"We felt like we played really well that game, and it really helped our confidence going into this week. It's good for us," he said.
This week we can work out the little kinks that we have and hopefully get another good result against Drew this weekend," he said.
Susquehanna dominated both on the field and on the score sheet, out-shooting the Greyhounds 16-3. The Crusaders also earned more corners than the Greyhounds, 6-0.
Senior goalie Matt Salsman had two saves for his second clean sheet of the year.
The Crusaders take on Drew on the Rangers home turf on Oct. 5 at 3:30 p.m.
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