Syracuse, NY – The Le Moyne College men’s football team earned overtime, a Northeast-10 home conference victory over a visit to Bentley University with a goal from a graduate student Joe falcone (Manlius, NY / Fayetteville-Manlius) in the fourth minute of second overtime.
The Dolphins entered the competition with a 4-2-0 record while the Falcons came in with a CV of 2-6 and no Northeast Conference-10 wins.
To the junior winger in the 12th minute Owen Bauer (Baldwinsville, NY / CW Baker / UNC Asheville), exerting defensive pressure on the Falcons in their own defensive third, got his footing on a pass from a Bentley defenseman, deflecting it towards Tom henna (Hamburg, Germany / Gymnasium Buckhorn) who pushed the ball 50-50 past a defender and chased the ball towards the flag in the right corner. Henne got a cross and sent the ball flying across the field to Michael sparkes (Glasgow, Scotland / St. Ninians), who found a graduate student Robert Rohrhirsch (Garching bei München, Germany / Werner-Heisenberg-Gymnasium Garching / University of Applied Sciences Munich) waiting at the top of the 18-meter box. Rohrhirsch’s shot was aimed just below the crossbar, but Bentley keeper Markus Foehr was able to get his hands on it and push it over the bar for a Le Moyne corner kick. Rohrhirsch took the corner and played the ball towards the middle of Bentley’s penalty area, where senior Jonas Schmelcher (Berlin, Germany / Schul-und Leistungssportzentrum Berlin / Bridgeport) scored a header on goal that was deflected out of bounds by Foehr for another Dolphins corner.
Half an hour from the end of the first half, Henne sends a free kick from the right side of the field, about thirty meters from the goal, towards the back post, directly on the left foot of Schmelcher who escapes behind his defender, but Schmelcher shot out of the left post for a goal kick.
Falcone, moving from the right touchline to midfield with the ball at his feet, found the first-year midfielder Ziad Abdul Malak (Manlius, NY / Fayetteville-Manlius), who got his first career start for the Dolphins on Saturday, with a pass through the field to the back post in the 22nd minute. Abdul-Malak brought the ball back to Sparkes’ near post, but a Bentley defender managed to get him away from the Dolphins, but he rolled straight towards Bauer about nine yards from goal, who snatched a shot once that got up over the crossbar and behind the net for a goal kick.
Abdul-Malak, dribbling into Le Moyne’s third striker with just under 10 minutes left in the first half, played a ball on the ground for Noah Sperduto (Elmira, NY / Elmira) cutting Bentley’s penalty area from left to right. Sperduto, followed by a Bentley player, took a dribble to his right from his defender before receiving a right-footed shot that crossed the net and just off the left post.
Le Moyne kept up the pressure to start the second half, looking for the green light goal. In the 63rd minute, Rohrhirsch sent a through pass to the senior striker Brandon mimas (Baldwinsville, NY / CW Baker / UAlbany) sprinting freely towards the net, but Foehr made a save to keep the game goalless.
The Dolphins’ defense was solid all afternoon, allowing just one shot on goal the entire game. With 18 minutes left in settlement, a Bentley midfielder sent a pass to striker Johann Fraser behind Le Moyne’s defense, apparently on an opportunity to escape with just one keeper. Josh Mahr (Fayetteville, NY / Fayetteville-Manlius) to beat, but Dolphins center-back Patrick strauss (Lakewood, Ohio / St. Ignasius) came flying to the rescue with a clean slide tackle to end the Falcons attack.
Falcone, who usually plays in midfield for the Dolphins but was placed in the lead for today’s game, was active in Le Moyne’s third striker throughout the end of the second half and for extensions. In the 84th minute, he passed his defender on the left wing and sent a pass to Sparkes inside Bentley’s penalty area, but the shot was blocked. With three minutes remaining in settlement, Falcone dribbled through Le Moyne attacking the third from right to left, probing Bentley’s defense before winning a free kick in the left middle part of the pitch just outside the box. repair distance of 18 meters. Rohrhirsch’s free kick was drilled into Bentley’s wall.
In the second minute of the first extra time, Jack goodrich (Kelsall, England / King’s School Chester) passed his defender along the left touchline and dribbled into the Falcons 18-yard penalty area before sending a downed cross to the back post, but no striker de Le Moyne was only able to get a foot over it and the ball continued to roll towards the opposite sideline.
Four minutes into the second overtime period, Falcone tackled his defender on the left side of Le Moyne, attacking in third, beating his man and sprinting into Bentley’s penalty area, Falcone took a shot with his left foot on the ground which passed Foehr and into the lower right corner of the net to give Le Moyne a 1-0 victory at Ted Grant Field.
After the game, referring to his move from midfielder to striker / winger in today’s game, Falcone said it was good to get up on the pitch a bit more and be a part of it more. of the attack. Regarding his winning goal, which was his first of the season, and the team’s overall performance today, Falcone said this:
“It was good. I might not score a ton of goals, but it feels good when that first goal comes in, especially when it’s an overtime winner… It certainly wasn’t our best performance, but there are definitely some games that we are going to come across like what, it’s just a chore, we ground it and that’s really the positive we have to take away from that, but, definitely a little kick in there. butt here to start and start finishing teams. “
Le Moyne College men’s soccer team improved to 5-2-0 overall and 2-2-0 in the Northeastern Conference-10 game after the win, and will be back in action on Wednesday October 6 when she faces the College of Saint Levé at 4:00 p.m. at Ted Grant Field.