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Men's Soccer News & Highlights

September 04, 2011

Eastern Falls in Double OT


Eastern's Braden Gross battles for the ball

LANCASTER, Pa.-- The Eastern University men’s soccer team could not repeat Friday night’s overtime magic as they dropped Saturday’s contest against Medaille College 2-1 in double overtime.

Eastern played a man down for the final 68 minutes of the game after sophomore defender Eric MacMain received a red card. With only ten men on the field, Eastern was forced to compensate by stepping up the intensity.

Coach Mark Wagner challenged his team to, next game, play as hard as they did with only ten men. “The way we started the game wasn’t good enough,” he said. “We didn’t come out firing. We’ve got to play with a sense of urgency from the beginning of the game. We’re mature enough that we can come out and start a game faster than that, and that’s what cost us.”

At halftime, Wagner encouraged the Eagles to not lose their composure. “I told them to believe that we could score off of a counter goal or restart goal, stay organized, stay disciplined, stay within the system adjustments we wanted to make,” he said. “In scenarios like that teams can get frazzled. I think we kept our composure very well.”

And the Eagles did get their chance to score off a penalty kick by senior Alex Schweitzer. Wagner said he went with Schweitzer on the penalty kick because he had been taking the best penalty kicks in practice that week. The practice paid off and Schweitzer nailed the goal in the 66th minute.

Neither team was able to breach the goalmouth for the next 40 minutes, until Medaille’s Kevin Dhillon sank a running header off a free kick.

Four Eastern players received All-Tournament nomination: Braden Gross, Sean Bonner, Alex Schweitzer, and Pablo Villeda.

Eastern’s challenges Albright College and Alvernia University at Alvernia’s tournament on Sept. 10 and 11.

Box Score


Updated: Tuesday, 20 September 2011


Mark Wagner

Mark Wagner

Coach Wagner began coaching at Eastern in 1998 and is the winningest coach in program history.

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