November 01, 2013
SU wins final LC game, 3-0It was a tale of two halves for the Susquehanna men's soccer team, as they scored three unanswered goals in the second half on their way to a 3-0 victory over Goucher in their final conference game of the year Saturday.
Crusaders head coach Jim Findlay said the 0-0 score at halftime wasn't a reflection of overconfidence, but of something else.
"I don't think we were overconfident, just things weren't happening in the goal area," Findlay said. "It wasn't a lack of effort or anything, it just wasn't clicking."
While Susquehanna struggled to find the back of the net in the first half, this certainly wasn't the case in the second.
Senior forward Patrick Fry opened the scoring in the 55th minute when he drilled a shot into the top-left corner off of a free kick, beating the Goucher goalkeeper and opening the floodgates for the rest of the game.
"I saw the ball in the air and as it was coming down I just heard someone say, 'Hit it,' and so instead of taking a touch and trying to control it I just went for it," Fry said.
"I knew once we got the first goal, the others would come in time," Findlay said.
The Crusaders didn't waste any time increasing their lead, scoring their second goal of the game eight minutes later and increasing their lead.
Dribbling up-field and putting the Goucher defense on their heels, sophomore midfielder Samuel Tana laid a pass off to junior midfielder David Trank sprinting down the left-hand side.
After corralling the pass, Trank sent a cross into the box that trickled through everyone and found sophomore midfielder Gannon Keller who slotted it into the left corner for the net.
Up 2-0, Susquehanna wasn't done yet. They scored their final goal of the game in the 80th minute off of a shot by junior forward Joe DeLuca, with the assist coming from junior midfielder Kyle Semmel on a cross into the box.
Pressuring the ball, Semmel was able to gain possession and find room to operate on the right side of the field. Dribbling down the right side toward the endline, Semmel sent a rolling cross back into the box, where DeLuca was waiting to score on a shot that deflected off the Goucher goalie and the post, until finally trickling into the back of the net.
Findlay said the keys to the victory were sticking to the game plan and the team's depth. "We knew they were going to play, and we knew we could create chances, again by getting the ball wide and being focused on the restarts but also the depth," he said.
He continued: "Some of our young guys have really started to get a feel for what college soccer is about. We've been able to throw them into some key situations and we've even got a bunch of guys that unfortunately haven't been able to get into the game but can probably do just as good a job too."
He said the motivation for the game came from their performances earlier in the season playing on their home turf against conference opponents.
"After dropping the two home conference games [against Merchant Marine and Catholic], we wanted to avenge that by winning the three on the road, which we did. It's not easy to win in the Landmark Conference as it is, let alone on the road," he said.
Despite this competitiveness and the difficulty of playing on the road, Susquehanna emerged on top in the end, ending their conference schedule on a three-game winning streak.
The Crusaders played their last game of the season four days later against Misericordia, losing 1-0 on their home turf. The lone goal of the game came in the 40th minute when Cougars sophomore midfielder Parker McArdle fired the ball into the low-corner, evading Susquehanna senior goalie Matt Salsman.
The Crusaders next game will be on Nov. 7 at 7.p.m. in the Landmark Conference Semifinals against an opponent that is yet to be determined.
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