Sep 15, 2018
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- The Lackawanna College men's soccer team dropped a 3-0 decision to Mercer County Community College on Saturday afternoon.
Mercer (9-1-0, 1-0-0 Region XIX) ranked as high as fourth in the nation before dropping its first loss of the season to now number two, Monroe College last Saturday.
Head coach Rudy Roediger started eight freshman among his starting XI – Juan Bautista, Tyler St Louis, Vincent Whitmore, Anton Paul, Nick Anthony, Leonardo Amaral, and Joan Peguero.
"We really battled today," stated Roediger. "Despite the adversity we faced, the guys really put in a shift and worked hard for the entire match. We really have to salute a great program like Mercer who shows the quality of a six-time national champion and a program that boasts over 100 All-Americans. For us be in the match despite going down to 10 men with nearly 40 minutes to play, it's a real statement of the effort from these guys."
Mercer took the lead with 13 minutes remaining in the opening half with a toe poke off of a Falcon deflection. The hosts would then double their lead with a one-time strike from the top of the penalty area with just over 120 seconds remaining in the first half.
Lackawanna (1-4-0, 0-2-0 Region XIX) went down to 10 men when Jacquan McPherson received a second caution for a tackle in the 50th minute.
"That was a really unfortunate moment and it made our job even harder against one of the top programs in the country," said Roediger. "Credit to our guys for being adaptable and working within the new situation."
Mercer would secure the final score with nine minutes remaining. A Falcon's clearance was corralled by the Vikings. Riccardo Sandulli struck the ball from outside the penalty area to make the score 3-0.
Lackawanna College continues its strong opposition when it opens the 2018 home slate by taking on "United Soccer Coaches Junior College Division III Men Soccer" Number 11th ranked Camden County College (N.J.) at Scranton Prep Loyola Field on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 4 p.m.