Nov. 1, 2008
HAMILTON, N.Y. - The American University men's soccer team fell to Patriot League foe Colgate, 1-0, on Saturday at Van Doren Field in Hamilton. The Eagles needed a win to secure a berth to the PL Tournament, but a Raider goal in the fourth minute halted the celebration. American is now 7-7-2, 3-1-1 PL, while Colgate, who clinched a berth with the win, is now 9-5-3, 4-1-1 PL.
Colgate wasted no time getting on the board as Alex Weekes scored exactly four minutes into the game. The Eagles were attempting to pass the ball out of their defensive end but were unsuccessful, and Weekes put a shot on goal from the 18-yard box that slipped by AU keeper Matt Makowski.
39:14 Mike Worden had an opportunity to get an equalizer just over two minutes later when Dor Yasur sent a ball down the line to Cameron Petty. Petty put a low hard cross into the box, but Worden's shot went right to Raiders keeper David Cappuccio. The Eagles were back on the attack again at the 12:20 mark, as a series of good passes in the final third led to a shot by Petty from just inside the 18, but again was put right at Cappucciott566 to end the threat.
With 23:57 left in the half, Weekes almost upped the Colgate lead to 2-0, as he was left open at the top of the box but Makowski was up to the task, and made the save. The Eagles had the majority of the chances the remainder of the half, including a blast from Petty with just over three minutes remaining, but were unable to tally and went into the intermission down a goal.
The Eagles came out pressing for the equalizer in the second half and had numerous opportunities to capitalize as Worden created numerous opportunities in the box but could not get off a solid shot after repeatedly being pressured by a slew of Raider defenders.
With 12:50 remaining in regulation, American was still looking for that elusive goal and came close as Luis Martinez found Jamie Davin in box. Davin did the work and put a great ball across the mouth of the goal but couldn't connect with anyone on the back post. Davin provided a ton of energy off the bench and had another opportunity a minute later but hit the crossbar.
"I'm very proud of the way everyone played and competed, " said AU head coach Todd West. "If we continue to play and compete like we did tonight, things will take care of themselves on Monday and next Saturday."
The Eagles pushed everyone up, but were unable to force overtime and fell by a 1-0 score. American held a 10-9 advantage in shots, including a 7-4 margin in shots on goal and 6-5 edge in corner kicks.
The Eagles will look to clinch a PL Tournament berth on Monday at 3 p.m. at Army before wrapping up their season Sat. Nov. 8 against Bucknell at Reeves Field.