By John Ahern
Finally, it’s over and the weight is off their shoulders; the men’s soccer team ended its eight-game losing streak against Lafayette 1-0 in overtime to get its first win of the season.
The Broncs (1-8) relied on their defense throughout the competition, ultimately winning the game after a penalty kick in overtime scored by senior defenseman Brandon Sebastian.
Head Coach Charlie Inverso was happy to get the first win out of the way.
“It’s a big relief,” Inverso said. “I do think that we have been playing well, and they deserved this win. I was delighted with our defense today and [senior goalie Jason Giordano] came up huge when we needed him to step up.”
Although the Broncs were outshot 24-8, only six of Lafayette’s shots were on net. The Broncs saw improvement while defending corner kicks, which is something that Inverso has been working on with his team.
“We just defended the corner kicks really well today, and we’ve been working so much on that,” Inverso said.
He admitted that playing Lafayette was a tall task.
“Lafayette is one of the hardest teams to play in the Northeast,” Inverso said. “They’ve beaten some good teams.”
Sebastian scored the game-winning goal from the penalty spot in the 99th minute of overtime. He felt nothing but confidence as he lined up to take the crucial shot.
“I didn’t have many nerves when I stepped up,” Sebastian said. “I knew where I was going to kick it right away. We needed a win before we head up to Niagara. It was such a relief to get this win today before we head up [to Niagara and Canisius] to face really good teams.”
A key play for the Broncs came nearly three minutes into the game when Lafayette was awarded a penalty kick. Giordano was able to dive and turn the shot away, keeping the score tied at 0-0 early. Giordano finished with six saves in the shutout win.
The Broncs are traveling this weekend to take on Canisius tonight and Niagara on Sunday, starting the team’s conference schedule. Sebastian knows that the Broncs have a tough roadtrip coming up.
“It’s never an easy trip to go eight hours up there,” Sebastian said. “As long as we keep our minds straight and play well like we did tonight, I think we have a good chance of coming away with two wins this weekend.”