Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Men's Soccer: Warriors look to win third straight Battle of the Boot

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Trying to win a third straight Battle of the Boot for the first time in series history, the Lycoming College men’s soccer team will look to stay undefeated when it faces off with Susquehanna University in the annual trophy game on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 4:30 p.m. at the Shangraw Athletic Complex.

T-shirts for the rivalry game are on sale at the Streeter Campus Store for $14.99.

The Warriors (2-0) notched two wins at the Gilmore Alumni Classic at Rowan University, including a 3-2 win over 17th ranked Rowan on Sunday, Sept. 2. Senior Abdullahi Abdi (Seattle, Wash./James Garfield) led the team during the games, scoring a goal in each of the two wins to earn MAC Commonwealth Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Susquehanna is 1-1 after a season-opening 3-1 win over Ursinus followed by a 2-1 loss to Elmira on Sunday.

Lycoming has won two straight games in the series that dates back to 2001, including a 4-0 win in 2016 at Susquehanna. Seniors Jordan Logan (Oxford, Pa./Oxford Area) and Kyle Mizell(White Marsh, Md./Archbishop Curley) scored two goals apiece.

Only one time in the series history has a team won three or more straight, as Susquehanna took five straight from 2004-08. Susquehanna leads the series 10-5-1.

Also adding to the rivalry is the relationship between the two head coaches – Lycoming head coach Nate Gibboney played for Susquehanna head coach Jim Findlay at Susquehanna from 2001-05, where Gibboney was an all-conference defender and helped the Crusaders to three wins in the Battle of the Boot. Findlay also has ties to Lycoming, as he served as an assistant coach for the Warriors in 1997 before becoming Susquehanna's head coach in 1998

The trophy is a bronzed cleat mounted to a wood platform with a plaque reading "Battle of the Boot – Susquehanna vs. Lycoming" and is awarded to the winning team each season. The host institution switches annually between the rival schools.

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