St. Lawrence University junior Brendan Gorman scored two goals including the game-winner as the Saints' men's soccer team knocked off St. John Fisher, 3-1, at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds in Watertown, NY on Wednesday evening.
The victory moved the Scarlet and Brown to 9-2-1 on the season and extended the team's unbeaten streak to eight games (7-0-1). Meanwhile, St. John Fisher fell to 2-9-2 on the season after being outshot 21-7.
"I felt our team bounced back after a sloppy first half to play some good quality soccer in the second," said St. Lawrence head coach Bob Durocher. "Fisher played us tough in the first half after we scored an early goal."
Gorman needed only 3:27 to put the Saints on top, as he scored his third goal of the season off of a pass from sophomore Sam DeMello. DeMello played the ball nicely up the field to Gorman on a run to the box, and the Ottawa, ON native unleashed a perfectly-timed chip shot past Cardinal goaltender Robert Weigand for the early advantage.
St. John Fisher would respond to the goal well, though, and created a few scoring tries of their own. They finally cashed in at 40:39 off of a free kick. Chris Maxwell sent a blast towards St. Lawrence keeper Nate Goss-Woliner, but the ball deflected off of a Saint defender right to Garhett Varin, who sent a left-footed kick under the cross bar for the equalizer to cap the first half scoring.
Despite the Cardinals best efforts to slow down the St. Lawrence attack in the second half, the Saints generated chance after chance before regaining a 2-1 lead in the 57th minute. After Fisher nearly took a lead of their own on a long, bending shot by Alex Salter, a Cardinal defender misplayed the ball along the sideline allowing St. Lawrence to close in on goal. First-year student Andrew Bednarsky carried the ball into the box and sent a cross to Gorman who ripped a low shot past Weigand for a 2-1 lead. The goal was Gorman's fourth of 2010.
St. Lawrence continued to pressure St. John Fisher after taking the lead and did not give up a shot in the final 25:00 minutes of the game. The Scarlet and Brown tacked on an insurance goal at 89:50, when junior Dan Marvin pounced on a rebound in front of Weigand and headed the ball into the net for his third goal of the season, capping the scoring at 3-1.
St. Lawrence closed with a 21-7 advantage in shots and a 5-2 lead in corner kicks. Weigand made eight stops for the Cardinals, while Goss-Woliner made two saves for the Saints.
The Saints will be in action again on Saturday, October 16 in Schenectady, NY when they face Union College in a non-conference match. St. Lawrence returns home on Sunday, October 17 to take on Ithaca College at 1:00pm at Sandy MacAllaster Field.