Strong Second Half Leads Susquehanna in Opener

Strong Second Half Leads Susquehanna in Opener

Kyle Trainer and Dakota Dobrovich-Fago scored second half goals in a span of seven minutes to propel the Susquehanna University Men's Soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Ursinus College in front of a capacity crowd in the 2017 season opener Friday night on Sassafras Field in Selinsgrove.

After a tightly contested first half with each team scoring a goal, Susquehanna increased the offensive pressure in the second half and after several quality scoring opportunities, finally broke open the game with a pair of goals in the span of 6 minutes 20 seconds.

The scoring ignited the crowd of nearly 1,000 fans with a majority being students that lined the fence two or three fans deep.

In the first half, Ursinus (0-1) opened the scoring seven minutes into the contest to take an early 1-0 lead.

Less than seven minutes later, Susquehanna (1-0) tied the score as Maxfield Reed sent a crossing pass into the box and Thomas Burke finished the play and a shot into the corner of the goal to even the score.

The score remained tied for the rest of the first half and strong defensive play by both squads as neither team had many scoring chances through the remainder of the half.

In the second half, the River Hawks seemed to have more offensive energy early with several scoring chances.

The River Hawks inserted Trainor and Joey Dell-Estate near the 66-minute mark and just a minute later, Trainor completed a scoring play as Jacob Butzler carried the ball up the right side of the field before sending a ball into the box to Dell-Estate who touched a ball to Trainor who finished the play.

The River Hawks kept the pressure on over the next several minutes before Dobrovich-Fago scored off a rebound to give Susquehanna a 3-1 advantage with less than 17 minutes left.

Sophomore Matt Ellingworth made four saves to record the victory in the River Hawks goal as Susquehanna held a slim 14-10 advantage in shots.

Susquehanna will play its next two games on the road starting with a match Sunday at Elmira College with a 3 pm start.