Sept. 4, 2015
EASTON, Pa. – Sophomore Christian Moyse came through with a sliding defensive save in the 89th minute to secure a Lafayette men’s soccer come-from-behind victory over Cornell on Friday evening at Mike Bourger ’44 Field at Oaks Stadium by a final score of 2-1.
“It was definitely a surprise to be in that situation,” Moyse said. “I did my job, got back on the line and was able to make the save.”
After falling behind early, the Leopards found the back of the net once in the first half and again midway through the second stanza to remain unbeaten and move to 2-0-1 on the young season. Lafayette freshman defender Joe DeStefano recorded his first collegiate tally and senior Greg Biggiani added the game-winner.
“We knew it was going to be a physical and intense game,” head coach Dennis Bohn said. “We stepped up and made plays on both ends of the field. Like I’ve said the last couple of games, I’m really proud of the guys’ effort.”
Just over six minutes into the contest, the Big Red took advantage of a Moyse throw gone-awry. During throw-in situations deep in opponent territory, Bohn likes to bring Moyse forward as a long-throw specialist. This time, however, an unfortunate bounce caught the Leopards out of position for a Cornell counter-attack. Tommy Griffin sent a long ball to the foot of Chris St. Germain, who slid a pass to a wide open Madison Heck to finish past Seeber for the opening goal.
DeStefano made his mark about 11 minutes later when he put away a brilliantly executed free kick. A ball set up about 25 yards away was passed down the left flank to a streaking Ben Marks, setting up a free cross. Marks’ ball skidded around the box and eventually found DeStefano on the far side for the easy finish.
The Leopards were clearly the more aggressive team in the opening 45 minutes. Just before halftime, Marks had another chance to get the Leopards on the board for a second time. Working a free kick from very much the same area, he sent a curling shot from right to left around the wall that was stopped by the fingertips of a diving Mitchell Meyer, the net minder for the Big Red.
Following the halftime intermission, the Maroon and White stepped back on the gas, leading to a decisive 7-2 edge in shots in the second session. Not surprisingly, it took less than 15 minutes to find the deciding tally.
Senior co-captain Ryan Egan was working through the midfield before he sent a weighted ball down the right side for a running Biggiani. His classmate beat the keeper to the ball, flicked it behind Meyer, and finished in the open net for the eventual game-winner.
The Big Red wouldn’t quit late, though, as a surge in the final 10 minutes tested the Lafayette defensive unit. In the 89th minute, a cross in the box was whiffed on in a clear attempt, allowing Jonathan Cullom to gather at a tough angle on the right side in front of an open goal. Cullom sent a shot along the goal line before Moyse came sliding in and cleared it out of the box to seal Cornell’s fate.
Shots were 13-6 in favor of the Maroon and White and the Leopards created six corner opportunities compared to two for the visitors. Seeber allowed his first goal of the season, but picked up the win anyway, while Meyer made seven saves in defeat.
The Leopards hit the road for a pair of games at Bryant and St. Francis Brooklyn on Sunday and Wednesday, respectively.