Men's Soccer News & Highlights
October 02, 2013
Eagles Fall To No. 9 York
Eastern lost just its second game of the year, dipping to 8-2. The Eagles only other loss this season came to another top-10 team, the now No. 2 Rutgers-Camden Raptors.
The Eagles struck first in Wednesday's game, took four more corner kicks than York and had just two fewer shots than the Spartans. Head coach Mark Wagner thought the Eagles had the opportunities to win today, but said York buried their opportunities. "We've showed that we can play with teams like this," he said, "but we're interested in beating them."
Wagner continued, "I thought that we battled well and countered well in transitions, moved the ball well for significant periods and had some opportunities to score and we have to make those against these teams."
Forward Eric Giovagnoli put the Eagles up 1-0 in the start of the 13th minute after a York defender missed on a ball punched ahead by midfielder Jamie Bonner. Giovagnoli took the ball up the right wing, juked a defender and fired a low shot in-between the keeper and the right post. Giovagnoli leads the Eagles with seven goals this season.
The goal was the first allowed by York in their past 360+ minutes of play (they went their past 4 complete games without allowing a goal) and only the third goal they've allowed all season.
After York tied the game in the 28th minute, Giovagnoli had another opportunity with eight minutes left in the first half when he was tripped just over midfield by what appeared to be the last defender. However, York's Anthony Flores received only a yellow card on the play.
In the final two minutes of the first half, Eastern forward Brandon Beaumont had two opportunities to put the Eagles ahead. Beaumont received a long pass over York's back line, gathered it and fired a shot from the 18 that York's keeper made a brilliant diving grab to stop his shot. Beaumont had a similar ball with four seconds left in the half, but his left-footed volley bounced wide.
The game remained tied until the 72nd minute when York took the 2-1 lead. The Spartans sealed the game in the 83rd minute with their third goal of the game.
The Eagles transition into conference play on Saturday against Wilkes University. Coach Wagner said that the tough non-conference schedule to start the season will help them prepare for conference play and put them in a good position for a post-season bid. The Eagles are currently-ranked No. 5 in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Updated: Wednesday, 02 October 2013