Men’s Soccer Comes Up Short vs. Lebanon Valley

Men’s Soccer Comes Up Short vs. Lebanon Valley

ANNVILLE, Pa. – The Susquehanna men's soccer team fell behind early and could not recover, ultimately dropping a 2-1 decision at Lebanon Valley on Wednesday afternoon.

A David Aurand (Shamokin Dam, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) goal in the second-half cut the Flying Dutchmen's lead in half (2-1) but unfortunately Aurand's goal remained the lone score for the Crusaders (3-3-1).

Lebanon Valley (3-3-2) scored twice in the first half and those two goals proved to be enough. SU was out-shot by a slim, 18-15 margin but took seven corner kicks to the Flying Dutchmen's five.  David Trank (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham) led the team with three shots, all of which were on goal.

Goalie Zach Zoller (Wall Township, N.J./Wall) came up with 10 stops, eight of which came in the second half.

Less than 10 minutes into the game, Lebanon Valley's Tyler Skye fired off a shot that caught Zoller slightly out of position and put the Flying Dutchmen ahead 1-0.

It stood 1-0 until the 28th minute when Gabe Stasyszyn scored to make it 2-0. The Crusaders had two shots in the final three-plus minutes of play in the half but both went wide of goal and they remained in a 2-0 hole at halftime.

That 2-0 deficit was trimmed to just one goal when a Tyler McKenna (Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) pass found the feet of Aurand, who directed the ball around Lebanon Valley goalie Cam Avery for a 2-1 ballgame.

SU took only three shots the remainder of the game. The Crusaders did have a corner kick opportunity with 47 seconds remaining but nothing came of the play and Lebanon Valley held on for the 2-1 win.

Susquehanna returns home on Sept. 20 to open conference play against USMMA at 1 p.m.