SCRANTON, Pa. -- Lackawanna men's soccer team fell in a non-region contest to the number 5 ranked Cougars of Camden County College, 3-0, on a rain soaked Thursday evening at Fitzpatrick Field.
For Lackawanna (2-10-0) the loss was the third loss to a top-10 opponent and the seventh of the season to an opponent who at least received votes or been ranked in the top-20 nationally in 2018.
The NJCAA Division III Coaches Poll number 5 ranked Camden (11-2-1) recorded its fifth consecutive win of the season and its sixth clean sheet.
The Falcons defended against one of the most lethal squads in the NJCAA Division III. Currently ranking 5th in shots (206), 6th in goals (43) and 3rd in shots on target (134) on the season, the Cougars were thwarted early by a stingy Lackawanna defense.
Lucas Texeira came off the bench and wasted little time to put the visitors into the lead when he scored in the 30th minute on an assist from Lucas Pecegueiro. For Pecegueiro it marked his team-leading 6th assist of the season for a team that has 17 players with at least a goal or assist.
Lackawanna nearly leveled things in the 40th minute when Camden made three saving blocks to keep the Falcons scoreless.
The first half ended with Camden holding an 11-4 edge in shots including an 8-2 lead in shots on target. The Cougars also held a 3-1 lead in corner kicks.
The Falcons stayed in the game till a penalty kick and deflected shot got past Vincent Whitmore (Reading, Pa.) in the 75th and 85th minutes respectively to put the match out of reach.
In the loss for Lackawanna, Whitmore made a career-high 17 saves.
Asier Vegas recorded four saves to keep the Cougars shutout streak to 227 minutes. Camden CC hasn't allowed a goal since Salvatore Ficarotta scored in the 43rd minute on Sept. 30.
The Falcons return to the road on Saturday, October 6 when Lackawanna travels to Edison, N.J. for a non-region match against the Colts of Middlesex County College. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.