YORK, Pa. – Playing in a non-stop rain on Tuesday afternoon, the Susquehanna men's soccer team could not come up with a clutch goal against an always-competitive York (Pa.) squad and fell 1-0. The loss was SU's first of the season.
Eight different players accounted for Susquehanna's 10 shots but none were converted into goals. The Crusaders (2-1) did out-shoot York (1-2) by a 10-8 margin but the Spartans were able to come up with the one goal they needed for a win and held a 7-5 edge in second-half shots to help them hang on for the victory.
Scoring opportunities were limited in the early going and SU took the first and only two shots of the opening 25 minutes.
Less than 11 minutes into the first half, play was halted for a stretch when Crusaders starting goalie Pat Horan (Sutton, Mass./Worcester Academy) was forced to leave due to injury. Rookie Zach Zoller (Wall Township, N.J./Wall) replaced Horan and played the remainder of the game, notching one save.
Unfortunately the Spartans capitalized on their very first shot of the evening when Cody Pearson knocked a free kick from 30 yards out to the upper right side of the net and beyond the reach of Zoller for a 1-0 York lead after less than 26 minutes of play.
Despite Susquehanna managing to fire off three more shots before halftime, it remained a 1-0 Spartans lead at the midway point.
The match got heated in the second half with three yellow cards issued in just over 15 minutes and SU continue to fail to find the back of the net. The team was held without a shot for the final 20 minutes of play thus securing York's win.
Despite the loss, Susquehanna has yet to surrender more than a single goal in any of its three matches this fall.
The Crusaders return to action Friday with a 5 p.m. game at Lycoming in the annual Battle of the Boot rivalry match. SU won the game last fall.