Thursday, September 1, 2016

Soccer - Warriors upended by Profs

Junior Abdullahi Abdi became the 12th Warrior to reach 50 career points on Thursday against Rowan.
(Image courtesy of Lycoming Athletics)
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – After a first-half that had just 12 shots total, both teams nearly posted that many each in the second half. The offensive fireworks led to five goals, with the last tipping the scale in favor of Rowan University in a 3-2 win over the 10th-ranked Lycoming College men’s soccer team in a battle of 2015 NCAA Tournament teams at the Shangraw Athletic Complex in both teams’ season openers on a sunny Thursday, Sept. 1.

Rowan’s game-winning goal came in the 77th minute, as Pete Hall found Vinny Ignatowicz with a step on the defense just inside the left corner of the 18. He fired a shot into a wide open right corner.

The goal capped a crazy run of five goals in less than 30 minutes. The Profs (1-0 overall) got on the board first after drawing a penalty kick, which Will Sjaastad converted. Less than a minute later, a Warrior was pulled down in the box on a corner kick to draw another corner kick, which junior Abdullahi Abdi (Seattle, Wash./James Garfield) converted.

With the goal, Abdi became the 12th player in program history to reach 50 career points thanks to his 18 goals and 15 assists.

The Profs took the lead back in the 56th minute, when Shane Doherty headed a ball across the box, which Tyler Logar found and pushed into the right corner.

Lycoming (0-1 overall) fought back, though, tying the game off another corner kick in the 61st minute, with sophomoreMateo Velasquez (Scotrun, Pa./Pocono Mountain East) serving a perfect kick into the box, where junior Jordan Logan(Oxford, Pa./Oxford Area) chested it into the net.

The Warriors pushed to get opportunities late after the Ignatowicz goal, but were able to get only one shot off in the waning minutes.

The Warriors took 13 shots in the game, nine in the second half, while Rowan took 18, 10 in the second period. However, Lycoming took six corners to Rowan’s three, as both teams possessed the ball well for periods throughout the game.

Senior Josh Gildea (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) made a career-high 10 saves in net for the Warriors. Rowan’s Kyle Dennis made six saves to earn the win.

The 10th-ranked Warriors get back on the field on Sunday, Sept. 4, when they head to 12th-ranked Franklin & Marshall for a 1 p.m. matchup.

                          Soccer Game Summary (Final)
                        Lycoming College Warrior Soccer
           Rowan vs #10 Lycoming (Sep 01, 2016 at Williamsport, Pa.)

Rowan (1-0) vs. Lycoming (0-1)
Date: Sep 01, 2016  Attendance: 249
Weather: 68, cloudy, Wind NW@2 mph

Goals by period       1  2  Tot
Rowan...............  0  3 -  3
Lycoming............  0  2 -  2

  1.  47:57 ROW Will Sjaastad (1) Penalty kick
  2.  48:47 LYCOM Abdullahi Abdi (1) Penalty kick
  3.  55:39 ROW Tyler Logar (1) (Shane Doherty;Jake Conners) - Header over, kicked into the right corner
  4.  60:29 LYCOM Jordan Logan (1) (Mateo Velasquez) - off cornerkick
  5.  76:08 ROW Vinny Ignatowicz (Pete Hall) - Cross from left side to open 10, shot into left corner

Shots: Rowan 18, Lycoming 13
Saves: Rowan 6 (Kyle Dennis 6), Lycoming 10 (Josh Gildea 10)

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