Late Goal Propels Men’s Soccer to Win

Late Goal Propels Men’s Soccer to Win

Sept. 4, 2015
Katie Meier

Late Goal Propels SU Men's Soccer to Win

ELMIRA, N.Y. – Ryan Cronin's (Andover, N.J./Newton) goal in the 82nd minute broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Susquehanna men's soccer team a 2-1 victory at Elmira.

All three of the game's goals came in the final 30 minutes of the game. Cronin's score came just over a minute after Elmira's Michael Bryant knotted the game at one with less than 10 minutes to play.

Nick Fecci (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant) scored SU's first goal of the game on his only shot of the evening. Cronin had two shots for a Crusader team that out-shot the Soaring Eagles (0-2) by a 15-8 margin. SU goalie Augusto Lima (Campinas, Brazil/Mercersburg Academy) finished with two saves, one in each half.

The first half saw just seven combined shots by both teams with only two shots in the final nine minutes of play. Brandon Jackson (Sturges, Pa./Valley View) fired off the final shot of the half with less than four minutes to play but it went wide and it remained 0-0 at the midway point.

Fecci snapped the scoreless stretch with a goal at the 60:08 mark when a corner kick by Colin Keyes (Mt. Laurel, N.J./Lenape) found Fecci, who headed into the far corner of the net.

Almost exactly 20 minutes later, Elmira's Bryan scored on a penalty kick for a 1-1 game. Fortunately for Susquehanna (1-1), Cronin responded with the ultimate game-winning goal just 1:23 later off an assist by Thomas Burke (New York, N.Y./Fordham Prep).

Elmira had a corner kick with 45 seconds remaining but failed to get a shot off and the Crusaders held on for the win, their first of the season.

SU opens its home season on Sept. 6 with a 3:30 p.m. game against Ursinus.