WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- The Lackawanna College men's soccer team fell in a non-region contest at Lycoming College reserves, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at Shangraw Athletic Complex. With the loss, the Falcons fall to 2-5-0 overall.
"Every time you play a game and battle, you can learn something," head coach Rudy Roediger said. "This is a process and this group needs to continue to grow and move forward. Our squad is young and I thought Anderson Italien played well for the second straight match. We came out and played a very good opening 45 minutes. We had our opportunities to win the match in that opening period. We lost the mark in the second 45 minutes and these are tough lessons that we will learn from."
Lackawanna began the match creating chances and holding a majority of possession. The opening goal of the game came in 12th minute when the Warriors poked home a loose ball in the box following a corner kick.
The Falcons continued to play hard for the first 45 minutes and found their breakthrough when Bruno Moreira connected with Montell James on a pointed long range pass. The sophomore attacker did the rest and finished past the Warriors keeper to give the visitors to draw level (1-1) just three minutes after going down.
Despite Lackawanna holding an 8-2 edge in shots and a 6-1 lead in corners, the two teams went into the break 1-1.
"Today was a real test for us," stated Roediger. "It was our second match in 24 hours and we were faced with a team that grew into the match today."
Lycoming took control and pinned back the young Falcons, outshooting them 5-4 in the second half and it was a decisive goal in the 83rd minute that gave the hosts a 2-1 win.
NOTES FROM THE NEST
- Coach Rudy Roediger has given debuts to 15 freshman
- First year players have accounted for .600-percent (21-of-35) of the Falcons points this season. Lea Bibyo Musafiri is tied for the team lead in goals (3) with sophomore Montell James.
- Andreson Italien and Musafiri have recorded the only braces of the season.
- Freshman Vincent Whitmore has played a team-high 360 minutes in goal for the Falcons in his debut season, starting the last four matches after captain Matthew Tisdel was lost to injury.
On Wednesday, September 26, Lackawanna returns to the friendly confines of Loyola Field to face Cayuga CC in a non-region contest. Kickoff is schedule for 4 p.m.