After a tough home loss earlier this week to Hobart College, UR men’s soccer came back strong to earn a commanding 4-1 victory in an away match against Lycoming College on Saturday, Sept. 23.
This victory brings the ’Jackets’ overall record to a strong 5-2, with over half the season still left to play.
“Yesterday’s game was a good result and a nice bounce back to our tough loss against Hobart,” sophomore forward Nick Pastore said. “It was nice to see the results of a good week’s practice.”
Despite coming off of a tough loss, UR dominated this match from the very beginning. The ’Jackets took an early lead in the first half with a goal from Pastore, and this positive momentum continued throughout the remainder of the half as the ’Jackets maximized on this early lead with a goal in the 44th minute when freshman forward Andrew Greenway found the net in a shot deflected by Lycoming goalie James Quinn.
Sophomore forward Jack Thesing scored a third goal for the ’Jackets in the 67th minute. Thesing showed an impressive display of skill when he headed the ball into Lycoming’s net off of a kick by junior midfielder Max Fan, making UR’s lead 3-0.
With this lead, the ’Jackets’ morale was high. However, Lycoming soon proved they weren’t done yet — with 72:11 on the clock, Lycoming nabbed their first goal.
However, in the end, it wasn’t enough. UR stayed strong and finished Lycoming off with one final goal by senior midfielder Jakob Seidlitz, increasing the ’Jackets’ lead to 4-1.
UR dominated the game, outshooting Lycoming 20 to 6. Senior goalie Scott Garfing had an impressive performance, facing all of Lycoming’s shots, and only allowing one through.
After the strong performance this week, spirits are high and the team looks forward to the remainder of the season.
“We’re working hard everyday in practice and I feel that at the end of each week we are a much better team,” Thesing said.
“With our first conference game coming up this weekend everyone is getting excited and looking forward to the rest of the season.”
The ’Jackets also bested St. John Fisher College 2-0 away on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Thesing tapped home a goal in the 36th minute, and teammate Seidlitz added a goal of his own in the 40th minute directly off of a free kick just outside of the box.
UR plays Brandeis University home on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Cozen is a member of the class of 2015.