BOYDS, N.J. -- The Lackawanna men's soccer team fell in a non-region contest to the number 13 ranked Raptors of Montgomery College, 3-1 on a sunny Monday evening at the Maryland Soccerplex.
"I'm really proud of our guys and their effort," said head coach Rudy Roediger. "We really built on positives from the last few days. This group showed they have real character. Many people would fold in adversity and this group really battled for one another. Credit to Montgomery for a good game. They are a good team that has won a lot of games this year. For us, we've shown that these guys are able to battle with some of the best teams in the country. Tonight was a very good performance against a very good team."
For Lackawanna (3-11-0) the loss was the eighth of the season to an opponent who has at least received votes or been ranked in the top-20 nationally in 2018.
The NJCAA Division I Coaches Poll number 13 ranked Montgomery (13-1-0) were held below their season average goals scored (4.86) by the Falcons stingy defense.
The Raptors attack got their opening goal in the 13th minute after the Falcons first turned away a corner and two successive crosses. The finish would come courtesy of Sahor Keluntang from the top of the penalty area.
Lackawanna nearly leveled things in the 35th minute when Anton Paul's (Dennery Castries, Saint Lucia) header from a Falcon corner, rattled the cross bar.
The opening half would close with Montgomery clinging to a 1-0 lead while outshooting the Falcons 8-4, Lackawanna and the Raptors were level (3-3) in shots on target.
The second half began brightly for Lackawanna as they started to find more opportunities to level the match up.
A foul at midfield gave Montgomery a long free kick. The ensuing kick by Bobby Riffle, sailed 60 yards and under the crossbar to give the Raptors a 2-0 lead in the 50th minute.
As the Falcons continued to string opportunities together, Bruno Moreira (Boca Raton, Fla.) broke the Raptors lines and put Montell James (Roseau, Dominica) into the penalty area where he was taken down.
The ensuing spot kick was taken and finished in the 53rd minute by Moreira. It was the first awarded to Lackawanna all season. The goal marked the second of the season for the 6-foot-2 freshman defender from the Sunshine State.
A 67th minute finish by Kenny Fuentes put the score to the eventual 3-1 line, in favor of the host Raptors.
For the match Montgomery outshot Lackawanna 18-11 and held an 11-6 edge in shots on target.
Vincent Whitmore recorded eight saves in the loss for Lackawanna, while Christian Andrade made five saves, while allowing just his second goal of the season in the win for Montgomery.
The Falcons keep to their road travels on Saturday, October 13, when Lackawanna returns to Region XIX play in Pemberton, N.J., against the Barons of Rowan College of Burlington County. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. For all your news and updates please visit us on Facebook Lackawanna Falcons Athletics, Instagram @FalconsSports, and Twitter @falconssports