Syracuse, NY – The Le Moyne men’s soccer team beat the # 22-seeded Post University Eagles on Saturday with a 2-0 victory at Ted Grant Field.

“Really happy with their performance, the first fifteen or twenty minutes we started a bit slow and then resumed.” Says head coach Le Moyne Tom’s bonus after the game, referring to the start of the game which saw Post dominate possession and force Le Moyne’s goalkeeper Josh Mahr (Fayetteville, NY / Fayetteville-Manlius) in action a few times from the start.

Three minutes after kick-off, Mahr came out of his line just in time to intercept an overhead ball intended for Post’s Andrea Savio. Mahr then comfortably recovered a shot from the ground from Sergio Diaz just outside the box in the seventh minute.

Eventually the dolphins settled in, held more possession, and began to create their own chances.

In the 25th minute, the junior striker Owen Bauer (Baldwinsville, NY / CW Baker / UNC Asheville) sliced ​​into the Post’s defense, pushing the ball past his defender on the left side of the penalty area and finding an opening Robert Rohrhirsch (Garching bei München, Germany / Werner-Heisenberg-Gymnasium Garching / University of Applied Sciences Munich) in the center of the box, which snatched a shot that went right next to the net.

The Dolphins created another opportunity with 18 minutes and 30 seconds remaining in the first half, when the first year Michael sparkes (Glasgow, Scotland / St. Ninians) found a cutting Joe falcone (Manlius, NY / Fayetteville-Manlius) whose shot was saved at close range by the Post keeper.

At the end of the first half, the score remained tied at 0-0.

The Dolphins came out strong in the second half and broke the tie with a goal in the 58th minute. On the left side of the box, Bauer dropped the ball and played it through the air in the junior redshirt midfielder Tom henna (Hamburg, Germany / Gymnasium Buckhorn) drifts towards the middle of the penalty area. Henne made an acrobatic lunge towards the ball, hitting it with his instep diagonally in the path of an oncoming Rohrhirsch, who buried the ball in the ground with a single strike on the laces of his right boot, bouncing the ball off the goalie, and gently placing it in the back of the net to give the Dolphins a 1-0 lead.

Less than five minutes later, the Dolphins were on the attack again. This time it was Falcone who played a beautiful ball over the defense from the upper left corner of the box. As Rohrhirsch raced diagonally across the penalty area to the near post, the Post’s center-back followed him, leaving Henne wide open on the back post behind the defense, calmly sending the ball into the goal with his front at six meters, doubling the head Le Moyne.

Mahr and Le Moyne’s defense held on and held the lead for the remainder of the game, earning the keeper and his backline their second clean sheet of the season in three games.

Rohrhirsch was happy with the way the team fought today: “The relationship between the players, the way we prepare our game has improved a lot. I feel like we are fighting a lot more, we are much more aggressive. ”

The Dolphins have received contributions from a handful of players, and Coach Bonus believes their balanced offense will benefit the team going forward. “I think we played really well in the second half, it was a quality win. Anytime you can get such a win (against a ranked opponent), especially on our pitch, it’s fantastic. ” Bonus added.

Le Moyne has improved to 3-0-0 this season and will be back in action on Wednesday, September 15 at 1:00 p.m. when they host Daemen College at Ted Grant Field.


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