By Eric Brod
The Bison men’s soccer team continued its strong play in two games this week with a hard-fought loss against non-conference foe Adelphi after a 3-0 win over Patriot League rival Holy Cross. The team’s record now stands at 7-6-1 (2-2-0 in league play).
On Tuesday, the Orange and Blue fell to the Adelphi Panthers 1-0 on a goal in the 70th minute. Making his second start of the season, goalie Marc Hartmann ’12 faced two shots and recorded one spectacular save in the first half. The offense, led by three shots each from Brendan Burgdorf ’13 and CK Kuman ’13, recorded three shots, but none were able to find the back of the net.
At Emmit Field at Holmes Stadium, the Bison scored three goals in the first half that set their lead over Holy Cross. Mayowa Alli ’14 scored his league-leading seventh goal of the season just 52 seconds into the game. Just under six minutes later, Josh Plump ’13 netted his second goal of the season off a pass from Burgdorf that split the back line of defenders before finding Plump.
Joyner’s goal, his third in the last two games and fifth overall for the season, came off a pass by Brian Ward ’15.
“Our defense has been rock solid of late. That gives our attacking players the confidence to go forward and get goals for the team,” Joyner said. “As a senior going through Patriot League play for the last time, it’s been nice to get on the score sheet and help the team climb back into the postseason picture.”
Tommy Caso ’12 played another solid game in goal en route to the Bison’s fifth shutout for the season. Caso was aided by the back four defense of Nader Sawtarie ’12, Jermaine Jarrett ’13, Andrew Powell ’12 and Alli, who kept the Crusaders from generating any offensive pressure throughout the game.
Tomorrow, the Orange and Blue will travel to West Point to take on league rival Army.