Hagerstown, MD. — On Saturday afternoon, Lackawanna College men's soccer team (0-2-0) fell by a 2-1 score to the Hawks of Hagerstown Community College (1-2-0) at the Hawks' Soccer Field.
"We had moments of very good play but we have a ways to go to complete a match in the manner I know we can," said head coach Rudy Roediger. "When our players put it all together they will be very exciting team to watch."
In the first half, the battle of possession went in favor of Lackawanna. At the end of the first 45 minutes of play, the Falcons held a 4-2 advantage in shots. However, Lackawanna didn't earn a single corner kick, while Hagerstown received three.
Montell James scored his first goal of the 2018 season when he struck the back of the net in the 36th minute of the match. The sophomore put the finishing touch to a beautiful set-up by Fitz Jolly. "Fitz did a great job of finding Montell, who then James clinically finished the chance," said Roediger.
Three minutes after the Falcons took the lead, a foul in the penalty area resulted in a Hagerstown penalty kick. Matt Tisdel stood tall and read the kick perfectly, as he cleanly caught the attempt to maintain the Falcons lead.
Lackawanna used the momentum and played aggressively into the closing minutes of the half. Unfortunately, a well-executed free kick was pulled back when Orlin Garcia was called for an offside as time ran out.
The story changed quickly after the break. Hagerstown took advantage of multiple Lackawanna errors and drew level in the first 20 seconds of the second half.
The two teams then settled into a defensive contest that saw scoring chances go begging for both sides. Ultimately it was Hagerstown that took advantage of a Lackawanna mistake and recorded the decisive goal in the 70th minute.
On Tuesday, September 4, Lackawanna makes a cross-town trip to Dunmore, Pennsylvania to face the Lions of Penn State - Scranton . Kickoff for that match is scheduled for with a 4 pm kickoff.