Men’s Soccer Loses Battle of the Boot

Men’s Soccer Loses Battle of the Boot

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The annual Battle of the Boot rivalry between the Susquehanna and Lycoming men's soccer teams unfortunately went the way of the Warriors who won 4-2 in Williamsport.

The teams tied 0-0 a year ago with the Crusaders winning 3-1 in 2013.

SU (2-2-0) jumped out to a 1-0 lead before Lycoming (3-1-0) scored three unanswered goals over a five-plus minute span to go ahead 3-2. SU's Jeremy Motsko's (Breinigsville, Pa./Parkland) goal in the 56th minute brought his team back within one (3-2) but a late insurance goal by Lycoming's Abdullahi Abdi effectively sealed the win for the Warriors.

The teams played an evenly matched game with SU tallying 15 shots to Lycoming's 17 and both teams recording two corner kicks. Crusader goalie Augusto Lima (Campinas, Brazil/Mercersburg Academy) finished with six saves – four in the first half.

Garian Lashley (Aurora, Ontario/Bill Crothers Secondary) finished with five shots – four on goal – while Motsko had two shots and one goal and Sam Tana (Baldwin, Md./St. Paul's) scored once on two shots.

Tana netted the game's first goal on a shot from 30 yards out that sailed over the goalie's head for the 1-0 SU lead at the 26:10 mark of the first half.

Lycoming, however, scored three unanswered goals to close out the half with Jordan Logan netting two of the three goals.

Ten minutes into the second half, Motsko scored on a free kick from three yards out when he headed a ball from Lashley past Lycoming goalie Josh Gildea for a 3-2 game.

It remained 3-2 for the next 30 minutes before the Warriors' Abdi scored on a cross that sailed into the middle of the field.

With 59 seconds to play, Jake Heyser (Westmont, N.J./Bishop Eustace Prep) fired off a shot that was saved by Gildea and Lycoming held on for the 4-2 victory.

Susquehanna returns home to host York on Sept. 12 at 2 p.m.