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Men’s Soccer Recap

Written by Rob Brandell

The St. Lawrence Men’s soccer team continued to dominate its early season contests as they found the net seven times over the weekend. Saturday’s matchup was against the Profs of Rowan University, travelling to Sandy MacCallister field all the way from New Jersey. The trip was not for nothing, as Rowan held the Saints to a scoreless first half with a number of dangerous chances, only to be foiled by senior goalkeeper Ryan Roethel. The second half was a different story, with the Saints scoring four times. Senior centerback Christian Yarros scored what proved to be the game-winning goal off of a dangerous corner kick sent in by junior midfielder Noah Bunton. Yarros found the ball at his feet inside the 18-yard box after a few deflections and put the ball in the back of the net with ease. Freshman Tapshak Augustine scored his first collegiate goal minutes later off of a beautiful through ball from sophomore midfielder Ryan Roche. Roche gathered the ball on the left side of the Rowan half, and with a clever step-over and another body fake, he slid the ball right to Augustine who slotted it home for the 2-0 lead. First year student Iyayi Imade scored his first collegiate goal as a result of some great individual play. He gathered the ball at the top of the box, again off of a pass from Roche, used his body well to shield the defender, and with plenty of time in the box ripped a powerful left-footed shot in the bottom corner. Senior Dan Hunt capped off the scoring after Ryan Roche drove hard into the box, causing the Rowan goalkeeper to make a diving save, with Hunt tapping in the rebound for his second goal of the season.

Sunday’s contest featured the Blue Devils of Fredonia, and the Saints did not wait more than 30 minutes before Senior Harry Copeland struck home a powerful header off of a beautiful cross from senior midfielder Eddie Gonzalez. Play began to settle down, and the score remained 1-0 for the rest of the first half. A few changes in the Saint’s midfield saw sophomore Luis Jimenez jump into the game, and he did very well with the minutes he played. Luis set up the second goal of the game as he calmly attacked down the center of Fredonia’s defense, before dishing the ball to senior forward Ryan Grant. Grant took two touches and slotted the ball home for his third goal in three games. Jimenez again set up the next goal, this time with Augustine putting the game out of reach with his second goal of the weekend. Senior Ryan Roethel posted his third straight shutout of the 2015 season.  The Saints will return to Sandy MacCallister field on September 11th and 12th to face off against St. John Fisher and SUNY Geneseo. 

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