Brandywine’s Men’s Soccer Full of Life After Much Needed First Win
David Brown, Lion’s Eye Staff Writer, email@example.com
Starting the season 0-3, Brandywine’s Men’s Soccer looked to prove they still have winning expectations.
The first match playing Cabrini College was a close one, ending at a 3-1 win for Cabrini. After an early score, Cabrini put one in the back of the net for the lead. In the second half, Cabrini again scored, making it 2-0 with Brandywine on their heels. Answering back, #26, Nick Abhulimen scored in the box, cutting the lead 2-1. Only four minutes later Cabrini scored to advance their lead and eventually win 3-1.
Cabrini out-shot Brandywine 22-13, highlighting Brandywine goalkeeper, Pat O’Neill’s solid performance with five saves.
After that close match between Cabrini College and our Nittany Lions, the men’s team was defeated by both Washington Adventist University (0-3), and West Virginia Tech (0-9), getting out-scored 0-12, putting the struggling Lions in desperation for a win.
On the road, Penn State Brandywine would face the University of Valley Forge—looking to get their first win of the season.
The first twelve minutes of the match, Brandywine and Valley Forge came out hot, shooting six times with saves by both goalkeepers. Finally, in the thirteenth minute, #9, freshman Dan Tyler shot one past goalkeeper Alan Vera for his first goal as a Nittany Lion, and to take the lead 1-0 over Valley Forge.
Leaving the first half, Brandywine led 1-0 and looked to take more of a lead heading into the second half. Only two minutes into the second half, Valley Forge would draw the match at 1-1 for the time being.
With many shots from Brandywine’s #9 Dan Tyler and #14 Mannie Amine, they were able to assist #12 freshman Josh Burton to once again take the lead for the lions in the 55th minute.
After multiple substitutions and fouls by both teams, Brandywine and Valley Forge battled for 20 minutes until the final blow from #17 freshman Fornodson Pierre clinching the victory over Valley Forge 3-1 in favor of Brandywine.
Freshman Dan Tyler led the Nittany Lions with one goal and two assists, with Josh Burton and Fernodson Pierre with a goal each for their first collegiate goals for the Lions. Goalkeeper Pat O’Neill managed to stop both shots he faced early in the match, and freshman goalkeeper Joe Opdenaker was able to finish the match with four saves in the last 45 minutes.
This victory was much needed for the Lions and they hope to carry this new momentum into their upcoming matches.
Lion’s Eye Staff Writer
David Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org