SCRANTON, Pa. -- Lackawanna men's soccer team fell in a non-region contest to the number 8 ranked Jersey Blues of Brookdale Community College, 4-2, Sunday afternoon at Loyola Field.
The loss marked Lackawanna's fifth of the season to opponents who have received votes or been ranked in the top-20 nationally.
"We really tested them at times today," stated head coach Rudy Roediger. "When you play such competition as we have this year, you learn through the tests and adversity. Today we created a lot of great chances and showed we are continuing to improve and grow."
The NJCAA Division III Coaches Poll number 8 ranked Brookdale (7-2-1) found the breakthrough in the 10th minute when Davensky Joinvilmar put his shot past Vincent Whitmore (Reading, Pa.) to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Shortly after Montell James (Roseau, Dominica) found space from 30-yards and tested Tyler Haines who made a highlight and sure-goal saving reaction.
Lackawanna had another chance late in the half, with less than 20 seconds, that gave the Falcons a free kick from outside the penalty area. The Brookdale defense thwarted the ensuing chance.
The half ended with Lackawanna holding an 11-7 advantage in shots and a 7-3 edge in corner kicks.
Brookdale broke the deadlock in the 55th minute when Ney Falcao-Lepre benefited from a deflection off a Lackawanna defender and tucked it past Whitmore for a 2-1 lead.
Falcao-Lepre netted his second of the match in the 61st when Jeremy Thompson found him, giving the visitors a 3-1 lead.
On the eighth Falcon's corner of the match, James found Anton Paul (Dennery Castries, Saint Lucia) who nodded home his first collegiate goal for the Falcons in the 68th to bring the hosts within one (3-2).
The last goal saw Falcao-Lepre put away his third of the match when he picked up a misplayed ball and finished past Whitmore for the final 4-2 score line.
For the game Lackawanna held a 24-14 edge in shots including a 15-10 edge in shots on target. The Falcons also held a 9-6 lead in corners.
Haines made 13 saves in the win for Brookdale while Whitmore made 4 saves in the loss for Lackawanna.
The Falcons return to the road on Tuesday, Oct. 2 when the they travel to Bryn Mawr, Pa, to face the Bears of Harcum College who received votes in the Sept. 18 NJCAA Division I Coaches Poll. The all-important Region XIX matchup is scheduled for a 1 p.m. kickoff.