Dunmore, PA -- On Tuesday evening, Lackawanna College used three first half goals to beat crosstown rival, Penn State Scranton 5-0.
I'm really proud of the way our guys responded from a really emotional and physical game on Saturday. However, we still need to push the tempo of the game and impose ourselves for the complete 90 minutes." Said head coach Rudy Roediger.
Musafiri scored his first collegiate goal just minutes after entering the contest as a substitute. The 5-foot-3 winger got on the end of a James corner kick and tucked home the Falcons opening goal at the 19:29 mark of the opening half.
Less than 10 minutes later it was freshman Ronnie Cannedy who put another score on the scoreboard with his first collegiate goal.
As time wound down towards the halftime break the Falcons converted on their third corner of the day as James once again found Musafiri to give Lackawanna a 3-0 lead at the break.
Less than seven minutes into the second half, the Falcons won the ball back and found freshman Anderson Italien. The 6-foot-6 attacker held off two defenders before combining with fellow freshman Tyler St Louis. The Lackawanna winger cut across the box where he smashed a shot past Lions keeper to give Lackawanna a commanding 4-0 lead with 38 minutes remaining.
With 23 minutes remaining James was the recipient of another Italien assist. The big man again held off defenders and calmly slipped James a pass which he converted into the final goal of the afternoon.
"Our mental game is really improving; however we still need to keep our concentration through 90 minutes and not become complacent," Roediger said. "We had a lot of shots, and that was a great sign of things to come."
The young defense of Juan Bautista, Anton Paul, Bruno Moreira and Jacquan McPerson and strong play from the center midfielders Fitz Jolly and Orlin Garcia kept the ball away from Matthew Tisdel, who didn't see a shot all evening.
"Defensively we still have work to do," stated Roediger. "The progress we've made with a team mostly of freshman is very encouraging. When we are working together from front to the back we can be very solid."
PSU Worthington Scranton (0-1-0), was stifled throughout the match as the Falcons continued to pour on the pressure. The players in Blue & White used this pressure to keep the ball out of the defensive end, as the contested ended with Lackawanna having a 41-0 advantage in shots, including a 14-0 edge in shots on target. They also earned 13 corner kicks in the match, off which the Falcons netted the opening three goals.
Saturday, the Falcons travel Newark, New Jersey to take on the Wolverines of Essex County College in its Region XIX Division I opener. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.