Second half surge lifts #10 Saints men's soccer to 4-0 victory over Cardinals
The #10 St. Lawrence University men's soccer team scored three goals in the last 22:00 minutes of the second half en route to a 4-0 victory over visiting St. John Fisher College (6-4-1) at Sandy MacAllaster Field on Tuesday afternoon. First-year students Ozzy Morales and Harry Copeland each scored their first collegiate goals to lead the Saints, who improved to a 10-1 overall mark.
St. Lawrence opened the scoring five minutes into the first half when Morales gathered a deflection off a Cardinal defender from senior Brian Gilloran and one-touched the ball past St. John Fisher goalkeeper Kyle Metcalfe.The Cardinals' best chances for an equalizer came in the opening half, the first in the 10th minute when Jake Quarttrini dribbled the ball down to the left end line and sent a pass through the Saints defense to Garhett Varin, who had a one-on-one opportunity with Saints goalkeeper senior Nate Goss-Woliner. Goss-Woliner made a nice reflex save to cover up the ball. Minutes later, Stefan John had another one-on-one opportunity with Goss-Woliner, but the Saints goalkeeper came off his line and slide tackled the ball away from John's feet.
St. Lawrence held an 8-3 edge on shots and a 1-0 lead after the first half. Though St. John Fisher kept the Saints off the board again until the 68th minute, the home team began to pour on the offense, outshooting the visitor 17-1 in the second half.
The Saints made it 2-0 when senior Will Congdon served a perfect corner kick to Gilloran, who headed in the shot for his sixth goal of the season. Seven minutes later, Copeland finished on a chance in the box after senior Alex Laird headed him a cross from sophomore Jamal Samaroo.
The Saints capped the scoring in the final minute, when sophomore Jeremiah Bunton scored off junior Pete Walsh's header that hit the crossbar, giving St. Lawrence the 4-0 victory.
The home team finished with a 25-4 edge in shots and a 7-0 advantage in corners. Goss-Woliner made three saves for his sixth shutout of the season, while Metcalfe made nine saves with two goals against before Joshua Klein came in as relief in the 73rd minute.
St. Lawrence will host Hobart College in an important Liberty League match up on Saturday, October 6th at 2:00 pm.