News from this week in Men’s Soccer
St. John Fisher stays unbeaten with comeback win over Brockport
The St. John Fisher College men’s soccer team opened up its home schedule with a thrilling, come from behind victory against the College at Brockport, 3-2. Heading into the match the Cardinals were ranked tenth in the East Regional NCAA Division III men’s soccer poll. With the win the Cardinals advance to 3-0-3 on the year, while the Golden Eagles fall to 3-2.
The first half of play was marked by even play, with each side tallying a lone goal and six total shots apiece. Fisher struck first in the tenth minute of play, when Tyler Randall sent a cross sailing into the six yard box where Bryan Rollins was there to tap it in just past the Brockport goalkeeper.
However, in the 35th minute Brockport struck back, blasting a shot to the top right corner of the goal from 25 yards out. Going into the half, six different Fisher players each recorded a shot of their own in the first 45 minutes of play.
The Fisher defense held steady until the 77th minute of play in the second half when a Golden Eagle was able to shake the Cardinal defenders, and sneak a goal past Fisher goalkeeper Joe Catalfamo.
Five minutes later, Justin Polk brought a ball into the six yard box and eventually was fouled, setting up the penalty kick opportunity for Justin Ferron who buried it into the bottom left corner of the net.
The deciding goal came with just over five minutes left on the clock when Joe Balls sent a pass to Nick Heffler, who ripped a ball from 15 yards out hitting the top left corner of the net for his first goal of the season. Catalfamo was able to save the last shot fired from Brockport and Fisher would hold on to take the victory.
The Cardinals finished the game outshooting the Golden Eagles, 13-12. Balls, Brian Norman and Jake Gentile all tallied two shots with seven other Cardinals recording one shot apiece.
Catalfamo picked up his 3rd win of the season, registering three saves over 90 minutes of play.
Fisher returns to the field at 2 p.m. on Saturday as it takes on Stevens Institute of Technology in its first Empire 8 conference matchup of the season.
Souders logs 100th win at Calvin
The Calvin men’s soccer team opened its 2017 MIAA campaign with a 3-0 win at Trine University Wednesday afternoon.
The win was a significant one as it marked the 100th collegiate victory for Calvin men’s head soccer coach Ryan Souders. In six years at the helm of the Knights, Souders is now 100-15-6 for a winning percentage of .843.
Ranked second in the United Soccer Coaches’ Poll and No. 1 in the latest D3soccer.com Top 25 poll, Calvin took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
Senior Matt Hinds put the Knights (5-0-0 overall, 1-0-0 MIAA) up 1-0 with a goal in the 26th minute on a pass from junior Bobby McCaw.
Junior Lucas Albrecht then broke loose for his second goal in three games, scoring with just 54 seconds left in the first half on a pass from freshman Jack Lee.
McCaw completed the scoring by belting in his third goal of the year on a feed from junior Trent Vegter in the 65th minute.
Calvin outshot Trine 28-3 and had 10 corner kicks in the match. Calvin senior goalkeeper Nate Van Ryn was credited with his third clean sheet of the year. Trine (2-1-1 overall, 0-1-0 MIAA) was led by goalkeeper Quinn O’Brien who posted 14 saves in 90 minutes of action.
“It was great to get a road win to start the MIAA,” said Souders. “I don’t think we played a particularly great first half but give Trine credit. They took away from us what we wanted to do. We’ll need to refocus and get ready for a battle Saturday night.”
Calvin will host rival Hope Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Zuidema Field. The game will mark the first game under the new Zuidema Field lights for the Calvin men’s soccer program.
Lynch Golden Goal lifts Brandeis over WPI
Senior Mike Lynch scored a golden goal in the 100th minute tonight to give the host Brandeis University men’s soccer team a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over WPI on Gordon Field.
The Judges, ranked No. 20 in Division III by D3soccer.com improve to 3-1 on the season, while the Engineers fall to 3-2.
WPI scored the only goal of the first half in the 38th minute. Senior back Derrick Naugler sent a long free kick into the box. Junior forward Spencer Ralphs broke free to head it home for his first goal of the season.
After getting outshot, 4-2, in the first half, Brandeis put on the pressure in the second, outshooting WPI, 16-2.
The Judges finally broke through in the 79th minute. Sophomore midfielder Max Breiter sent a cross through the box to senior Josh Berg. Berg took one touch to settle the ball then blasted it inside the left post for his first of the season.
WPI had two balls saved off the line, one in the 64th minute under Brandeis’s pressure, and again in the 97th minute when Reese Petersen denied the Judges’ Noah Gans.
Brandeis netted the game-winner with less than a minute to go in the first overtime. Senior Josh Ocel took a long throw-in from the right sideline. It bounced once into the 18-yard box and onto the foot of Lynch, who netted his second of the season.
St. Norbert offense explodes in win over Wisconsin Lutheran
St. Norbert College scored four goals in each half and rolled to an 8-1 non-conference win over Wisconsin Lutheran College at Schneider Stadium.
The eight-goal output is the most for the Green Knights (3-2) since they posted a 9-0 win at Cornell College on Oct. 18, 2014.
Wisconsin Lutheran (3-2-1) drew first blood when Juan Serna scored on a rebound finish just 61 seconds into the game. The Warriors would hold the lead until the 13:50 mark, when Anthony Pineda found Ben Prange on a play off a set piece for the equalizer. Prange scored again when he took a pass from Seth Boldt and took a bounding ball and finished cleanly for a 2-1 edge at 28:56.
Drew Checolinski put St. Norbert ahead 3-1 when he converted a 27-yard blast at 37:12, while Jon Gregory cashed in 25 seconds later on a tough angle shot into the upper left corner to give the Green Knights a 4-1 halftime lead.
St. Norbert augmented its lead when Hunter Sullivan scored on a header off a corner kick at 64:23 and then finished a give-and-go at 66:35. Ryan Hansen scored at 70:02, and Javier Gongora added the final score on a drive from 32 yards out at 77:32.
Pineda and Brandon DiOrio finished with two assists apiece.
St. Norbert outshot Wisconsin Lutheran 25-5 and had a 4-0 edge in corner kicks. Three St. Norbert goalkeepers – Matt Pilewski, Ben Holtzen and Max Handrich – combined to make one save.