Men’s Soccer Edged 1-0 by Colgate in Final Regular Season Contest; View Photos

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The American University men's soccer team hosted Colgate on Saturday afternoon at Reeves Field, and fell by a final score of 1-0. The Eagles finish the regular season with a 4-2-1 Patriot League record, and will be either the No. 3 seed in next weekend's conference tournament, which will be contested at Bucknell.

After a scoreless first half where neither team had great scoring chances, Colgate (8-8-2, 4-3 PL) was the first to strike in the 58th minute. The Raiders' Mike Garzi fed a pass down the middle of the field to a streaking Alex Weekes, who got behind the AU defense. Weekes did the rest, beating Eagles' goalkeeper Matt Makowski for the match's only goal.

After falling behind 1-0, American (9-6-2, 4-2-1 PL) increased the intensity on the offensive end, and had several legitimate scoring opportunities late in the match. Colin Zizzi fired shot from close-range with under 16 minutes to play, although it was saved by Colgate goalkeeper Grant Reed. A few minutes later, AU's best chance came off a beautiful cross by Christopher Liebner to Cameron Petty, who was stationed just in front of the goal. Petty's header struck the left post and bounced right back to Reed.

Overall, it was a relatively evenly-played match, which was reflected in the statistics. Each team recorded 10 shots and four shots on goal. Junior Daniel Shannon led the Eagles with four shots.

The Eagles conclude the regular season with a 9-6-2 record, and their conference record of 4-2-1 place them in a tie for second place with Lehigh. American will be the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament next weekend against No. 2 seed Lehigh (Lehigh wins the tiebreaker to be the No. 2 seed). Bucknell claimed the regular season crown, and the right to host the four-team conference tournament, which will begin on Friday.