Friday, September 1, 2017

Men's Soccer - Second-half goals give Warriors revenge on Raptors

Senior Abdullahi Abdi scored the first goal of the year for the Warriors.
Photo Courtesy of Lycoming Sports Information
GLASSBORO, N.J. – Seniors Abdullahi Abdi (Seattle, Wash./James Garfield) and Keenthy Yeboah (Silver Spring, Md./Montgomery Blair) each scored to break a scoreless tie in the final half-hour, as the Lycoming College men’s soccer team opened its 2017 campaign with a 2-0 win over Rutgers-Camden in the opening round of the Gilmore Alumni Classic at Rowan University on Friday evening, Sept. 1.

Abdi, who scored his 22nd career goal, broke the tie when he took a low pass from senior Duc Momo (Silver Spring, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) and beat the keeper to the lower right corner in the 60th minute. Yeboah gave the team some breathing room in the 73rd minute when he beat the goalkeeper to a loose ball in the box, firing in an easy opportunity for his first goal since 2015 after sitting out last season with an injury.

The Warriors (1-0 overall), who were facing the Scarlet Raptors (0-1 overall) for the first time since the Raptors posted a 4-0 win in the 2013 NCAA Tournament’s second round, outshot the Raptors, 19-10, and held an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks, including 6-1 in the second half, as they picked up their pace of play to earn the 54th win in head coach Nate Gibboney’s fifth year as head coach, tying him with Nels Phillips (1959-68, 1970-78) for third in school history in career victories.

Junior Chris Solecki (Hainesport, N.J./Lenape) earned the shutout, making five stops for Lycoming. James Brett stopped six shots in the loss for Rutgers-Camden.

The Warriors wrap up the Gilmore Alumni Classic by squaring off with another perennial NJAC power in 17th-ranked Rowan at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2.

                          Soccer Game Summary (Final)
                        Lycoming College Warrior Soccer
           Lycoming vs Rutgers-Camden (Sep 1, 2017 at Glassboro, NJ)

Lycoming (1-0) vs. Rutgers-Camden (0-1)
Date: Sep 1, 2017   Attendance: 127
Weather: cloudy, high 60s

Goals by period       1  2  Tot
Lycoming............  0  2 -  2
Rutgers-Camden......  0  0 -  0

  1.  59:02 LYCOM Abdullahi Abdi (Duc Momo) - low pass R, shot lower R
  2.  72:26 LYCOM Keenthy Yeboah (unassisted) - beat GK to loose ball in box

Shots: Lycoming 19, Rutgers-Camden 10
Saves: Lycoming 5 (Chris Solecki 5), Rutgers-Camden 6 (James Brett 6)

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