STEUBENVILLE, Oh. - The men's soccer team was defeated this afternoon at Memorial Field against conference opponent Franciscan University 5-2. The Redhawks got out to a 2-0 lead early but allowed the Barons to score five unanswered goals. Today is the second time this season La Roche has given up a two goal lead, they also did so on October 1st at home against Mount Aloysius. Francisican has now won eight of their last ten games and ranks second in the AMCC only behind nationally ranked Penn St. Behrend. The Barons have now bested the Redhawks in three straight matches dating back to 2017.
Final: La Roche: 2, Franciscan: 5
Records: La Roche (3-10, AMCC: 1-4), Franciscan (8-2-2, 3-1-1)
The Redhawks struck first in the 29th minute of the first half. Junior forward Hugo Arroyo fed the ball into the goal area off a corner kick that Freshman forward Jake Gorman headed onto the foot of Senior midfielder Alex Hudak. In his first game this season, Hudak snuck the ball past the goalkeeper to put La Roche up 1-0. The goal is the first of Alex's also the first goal of Alex's career.
La Roche would strike again less than five minutes later when Sophomore forward Samuel Kamagate made a ridiculous play. Kamagate intercepted a pass off a Baron defender, juked him to get free space, and then ripped a shot from 20 yards out that soared over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net. The goal is Sam's third this season (T-3rd on the team).
Baron would answer in the 39th minute of the match off a header from a 40 yard free kick to bring the game within one heading into the half.
The second half was all Franciscan. The Barons tied the match 7 minutes into the half off a mishandled cross by Senior goalkeeper Austin Gorman that allowed a Franciscan striker to capitalize on the rebound. The Barons took the lead and never looked back in the 62nd minute of the match off a 20 yard free kick that snuck into the bottom right corner of the goal. Franciscan added two more goals to close out the match 5-2. La Roche is still seeking there first win on the road this season.
NEXT UP: La Roche heads out to Hilbert College this Saturday October, 12th to take on the Hawks beginning at 1:00 p.m.
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