Monday, September 4, 2017

Holt’s two goal effort sparks Haven in downing Shepherd 5-3

The offense went to work on Labor Day and helped the LHU men’s soccer team down visiting Shepherd 5-3.
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Freshmen Reggie Holt (Pittsburgh/Penn Hills) scored two goals to spark a five goal effort and the Bald Eagles turned in a workmanlike effort today on Labor Day on the way to the Lock Haven University men’s soccer team’s 5-3 win over visiting Shepherd University (0-1-1).

The Bald Eagles (1-0-1) remained unbeaten on the season through two matches. Today’s win – the first for Lock Haven this season – followed up a 0-0 draw last Thursday vs. Georgian Court.

Today, the story was the offense, which was sparked by Holt’s two first-half goals. He was one of four freshmen who started again today for second-year head coach Patrick Long. Of note, four different players scored, five different players registered an assist and nine total players got on the score sheet with a point.

Along with Holt, Lock Haven also got goals from Andrew Moore (Lancaster, Pa./Conestoga Valley), Beckham Sibiski (Kutztown, Pa./Kutztown H.S.) and Tyler Shumaker (Erie, Pa./Mercyhurst Preparatory).

Five different players picked up an assist including Christian Wieand (Elizabethtown, Pa./Muhlenberg), Brian Flatter (Frederick, Md./Oakdale), Alec Mapoy (Brick, N.J./Monsignor Donovan), Matthew McDermott (Stroudsburg, Pa./Stroudsburg H.S.) and Luca Zannoni (Sernaglia della Battaglia, Italy/Marco Casagradne).

For the second straight game, Wieand also stood out in the midfield and Moore, who scored a stellar goal, led the defense from the back.

The Bald Eagles took immediate control of the match at the opening whistle and within the first 10 minutes had already picked up four corner kicks, but they couldn’t capitalize off the momentum.

Despite the early and heavy pressure, LHU found itself down 1-0 after Alejandro Oliart scored his first of three goals in the 19th minute.

Just 2:23 later Holt put the Bald Eagles on the board when he slotted home Wieand’s long through ball through the defense. The goal tied the contest at 1-1.

It was Holt again just 1:26 later and he put Lock Haven up 2-1 after he directed a Flatter pass into the side netting at the far post.

The game’s opening three goals came within 3:49 of each other.

Shepherd tied the match at 2-2 in the 38th minute after Oliart floated a long ball toward The Haven goal where it somehow found the upper corner.

With the game tied at 2-2 late in the first half, Moore, stepped up and drilled the ball with his left foot from 25-yards out where it bent perfectly into the upper corner. The goal came off a pass from Mapoy and put Lock Haven up 3-2 at halftime.

LHU went to work quickly in the second half and went up 4-2 after McDermott made a long run down the right side toward the end line. McDermott cut the ball back to a wide open Sibski, who left no doubt and buried the ball in the back of the net.

Shumaker rounded out the offensive surge in the 74th minute when he took a perfect pass from Zannoni and blasted it home.

Oliart capped his hat trick in the 82nd minute, but the Bald Eagles solid all-around offensive work was too much in the 5-3 Lock Haven victory.

The Bald Eagles will host District of Columbia at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

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