Syracuse, NY – The Le Moyne men’s soccer team started their season with a 3-0 victory over visiting Caldwell University.
Fifth year Patrick strauss (Lakewood, Ohio / St. Ignatius) started the scoring for the Dolphins in the 30th minute when he slid the ball past the Caldwell goalie at close range following back-to-back header from the senior. Brandon mimas (Baldwinsville, NY / CW Baker / UAlbany) and junior Ben Quigley (Perth, Scotland / Auchterarder Community School / University of Stirling).
The Dolphins controlled possession for much of the first half and doubled their lead in the 34th minute when Joe falcone (Manlius, NY / Fayetteville-Manlius) lobbed a nice pass from the straight sideline over defense and straight to the first-year forward’s forehead Michael sparkes (Glasgow, Scotland / St. Ninians), who dropped the ball over the outstretched arm of Caldwell goalkeeper into the right side of the net at 12 yards.
The Dolphins entered the locker room at halftime with a 2-0 lead.
The team continued to produce chances early and often in the second half. With 33 minutes remaining in the competition, graduate student Robert Rohrhirsch (Garching bei München, Germany / Werner-Heisenberg Gymnasium Garching / University of Applied Sciences Munich) almost struck again for Le Moyne when the ball fell at his feet, and he pierced him from the crossbar as a result of a rush into the 18-meter surface of the Cougars.
Ten minutes after Rohrhirsch’s luck, Mimas found himself behind the defense with a breakaway opportunity, kicking the ball to the ground with his right foot towards the left post, but the Caldwell keeper made a crucial save, deflecting the ball away from the net and conceding a corner to the home team.
Putting continued pressure on Caldwell’s defense allowed the Dolphins to finally break through in the second half, extending their lead to 3-0 in the 74th minute when, on a long throw-in from Falcone, a red-shirted freshman Noah Sperduto (Elmira, NY / Elmira) gracefully directed the ball towards Mimas, who quickly hit the ball from the top left corner of the box in front of the goalkeeper and into the side of the net.
The Keeper of Moyne Josh Mahr (Fayetteville, NY / Fayetteville-Manlius) hasn’t been needed very often for the Dolphins, having only been tested once, making his only stoppage of the day in the second half. The Dolphins got 12 corners throughout the game, compared to just four for Caldwell. Le Moyne dominated the Cougars 16-4.
The Dolphins’ men’s soccer team returns to Ted Grant Field on Sunday, September 5 when they face Jefferson at 12:00 p.m. ET.