Another OT Victory for Crusader Soccer

Another OT Victory for Crusader Soccer

CAMDEN, N.J. – Through four games this season, the Susquehanna men's soccer team has played three overtime games without a loss, defeating New Jersey City 2-1 in overtime on Saturday afternoon on the opening day of the Rutgers-Camden Cialella Soccer Classic.

The Crusaders (2-1-1) opened the season with an overtime victory against Kean, tied Lycoming 0-0 this past Wednesday and on Saturday afternoon, they defeated New Jersey City (1-1-2) on a David Trank (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham) overtime goal.

SU now concludes play at the Cialella Classic on Sunday with a 4:30 p.m. match against No. 12 Rutgers-Camden which defeated Drew 2-1 in Saturday's opening game.

Trank scored just 1:17 into the extra session as he headed a feed from Jake Heyser (Westmont, N.J./Bishop Eustace Prep) past New Jersey City goalie Tyler Krychkowski for the SU victory. Trank finished with a game-high four shots and now has a team-high three points through four games.

The Crusaders dominated in nearly every category, taking 14 shots to the Gothic Knights' four and had nine corners while holding New Jersey City to four. Goalie Augusto Lima (Campinas, Brazil, Mercersburg Academy) had to make just one save all afternoon as the Gothic Knights put only one shot on goal.

SU recorded the first four shots of the game and with just 1:42 remaining in the opening half, Ryan Donlevie (Stratham, N.H./Exeter) had the final chance of the period to break the tie but his shot at 43:18 was saved by Krychkowski.

The second half was a slightly different story, though, as Sean Leister's (Navesink, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) shot at the 69:14 mark of the half wound up being the final shot by either team in the period, thus sending the game to overtime.

Fortunately Susquehanna did not need much extra time as Heyser and Trank teamed up less than 90 seconds into the action to end the game 1-0 in favor of SU.