Non-Conference Loss for Men’s Soccer

Non-Conference Loss for Men’s Soccer

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – A stronger second half could not propel the Susquehanna men's soccer team to a win as SU fell 2-1 to visiting Alvernia in a rare weekend, non-conference matchup.

Down 2-0 with 16 minutes to play, the Crusaders were able to cut that lead in half with a goal by Nick Fecci (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant) in the 75th minute but time ran out before SU could put any more goals in the back of the net.

Alvernia scored goals in the first and second halves to give the team enough offense for the win. Susquehanna was out-shot 21-14 but the SU defense did limit Alvernia to a mere five shots on goal while the Crusaders tallied seven.

Goalie Chris Dempsey (Danville, Pa./Danville Area) got his first career start and finished with three saves in a game that featured 16 fouls and a combined four yellow cards.

Shawn Laskey opened up the scoring for Alvernia in the 19th minute with a shot from more than 25 yards out that went beyond the reach of Dempsey. David Trank (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham) narrowly missed scoring the equalizer when his header at the 30:09 mark hit the crossbar. Trank and Joe DeLuca (Freehold, N.J./St. John Vianney) then each fired off shots just 70 seconds apart but none found the back of the net to keep it 1-0 in favor of Alvernia at the half.

The teams traded shots in the second half before Alvernia's Josh Wollaston made it a 2-0 Alvernia lead with a goal in the 74th minutes.

However, less than one minute later, Fecci's shot sailed to the right and out of the reach of Alvernia keeper Zach Rider and just like that it was back to a one-goal game.

With the clock winding down, David Aurand (Shamokin Dam, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) took three corner kicks for SU in the 89th and 90th minutes but only one resulted in a shot when Nick Talabicka's (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg Area) shot at the 89:23 mark was blocked and the game ultimately ended in a 2-1 Alvernia victory.

The Crusaders hit the road to face Gettysburg on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.