The nationally-ranked #9 St. Lawrence University men's soccer team earned a 3-1 victory over Geneseo State in a non-conference match up in Geneseo, NY on Saturday.
The Saints, who improved to 4-0 on the season, got first half tallies from senior forward Brian Gilloran and first-year student Ryan Grant, while an own goal cappedthe scoring in the 3-1 win. Geneseo fell to 1-3 and was led by Ryan Yurchak, who scored its lone goal in the 70th minute of play.
"We had a lot of possession today, but I give Geneseo a ton of credit for fighting back and coming at us hard," said head coach Bob Durocher. "We expended a lot of energy last night but the guys came out focused and score two goals early. Our defense needs to work a little better, but we went deep into the bench again and got more guys experience on the field."
Gilloran opened up the scoring for St. Lawrence less than 11:00 minutes into the game on an assist from first-year student Ozzy Morales. Morales fed a nice through ball from the right side and Gilloran put it past Blue Knight goalkeeper Nick Voggel for his second goal of the season.
St. Lawrence made it 2-0 in the 24th minute when first-year student Ryan Grant scored his second goal of the weekend, assisted by sophomore Jeremiah Bunton. After an initial save on a shot by sophomore Mark Provost, Bunton crossed the rebound into the six yard box where Grant hit it home.
Geneseo got on the board in the 70th minute when Jason Iannone played the ball to Ryan Yurchak at the top left of the box, who hit a hard shot inside the right post. St. Lawrence, however, added another insurance goal in the 84th minute on a corner kick by senior Will Congdon. He played the ball in hard on set play for the corner kick, and the Geneseo defender stepped in front of three Saints players and put it in his own goal.
St. Lawrence owned a 17-5 advantage in shots and a 9-2 advantage in corners. Goss-Woliner made one save to earn his fourth win of the season, while Voggel made 10 saves in net for Geneseo.
St. Lawrence will travel to Potsdam State on Wednesday for a non-conference match up with the Bears at 7:30 pm.