Thursday, September 8, 2016

Lycoming Soccer - Warriors claim Boot in Selinsgrove for first time

The Warriors beat Susquehanna, 4-0, to retain the Boot on Wednesday night.
(Photo Courtesy of Lycoming Athletics)
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – After losses to two teams in the 2015 NCAA Tournament field, the 10th-ranked Lycoming College men’s soccer team felt like Wednesday night, Sept. 7’s Battle of the Boot, was a must-win. The only issue was they hadn’t won at rival Susquehanna University’s field since 1997.

It has now. Junior Jordan Logan (Oxford, Pa./Oxford Area) posted the first two goals and juniorKyle Mizell (White Marsh, Md./Archbishop Curley) added two more as Lycoming posted a definitive 4-0 win in a lightning-shortened contest at Sassafras Field to retain the Boot for the first time in the 16 years of the trophy game.

The four-goal margin of victory is the largest for Lycoming (1-2 overall) in the history of the Boot and tied for the largest margin in the trophy’s history, as Susquehanna won the 2012 game, 4-0.

Logan, who has scored four goals in the past two seasons against the River Hawks (1-2 overall), opened the scoring in the 12th minute, firing to the right of the Susquehanna keeper on a give by junior Mateo Velasquez (Scotrun, Pa./Pocono Mountain East).

Lycoming took just four more shots in the first half, but pressured throughout, drawing two late corner kicks. In the second half, the Warriors came out shooting, taking three shots early in the period and forcing a corner. Finally, Velasquez fired a shot that came off the Susquehanna keeper and met the foot of Logan, who fired it into the back of the net in the 52nd minute.

Junior Abdullahi Abdi (Seattle, Wash./James Garfield) found Mizell for his first goal with the Warriors in the 65th minute and Mizell scored off a rebounded shot in the 83rd minute to close the scoring, with freshman Daniel Anwanwan (Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson) earning the assist.

Shortly after the goal, lightning in the area forced a second stoppage and the end of the game with 7:16 remaining.

Sophomore Chris Solecki (Mount Laurel, N.J./Lenape) earned the win, as he stopped three shots for the Warriors. Ian Lawlor made seven saves in the game’s first 71 minutes before Chris Dempsey stopped two in the final 12 minutes for the River Hawks. The Warriors finished with 17 shots in the game while holding the River Hawks to six.

The Warriors get back on the field on Saturday, Sept. 10, when they head to defending MAC Freedom champion Eastern for a 4:30 p.m. contest.

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