LeMoyne Men’s Soccer Off and Running Early in the NE-10

 

Greg Wall
2017 Le Moyne College Men’s Soccer Team

Syracuse, NY- Just four days after suffering a tough double overtime loss at home, the LeMoyne Men’s Soccer team set out on a two game road trip before coming back home to Ted Grant field in hopes of finding their first Northeast 10 Conference win.  What they found was yet another hot start early in the season, something they’ve made somewhat of a habit of in recent years.

Their first stop was the campus of Southern New Hampshire University on Sept. 16; to take on the 15th ranked Penmen, a team that had beaten the Dolphins in six straight meetings.  However, this Dolphins team didn’t seem to think much of the last few years as they pounced early off the powerful leg of Marek Weber, the Dolphins new graduate transfer forward giving him his seventh goal in just his first five games as a Dolphin.

Just four minutes later second-year graduate student midfielder Tom McConway joined in on the action as he registered his first goal of the season on a long throw into the box which went off his foot and into the net.  The Dolphins took that 2-0 lead into halftime, their first lead at half against the Penmen in four years.

Southern New Hampshire finally got on the board just ten minutes into the second half on a penalty kick, which was awarded on a foul by the Dolphins’ reigning NE-10 Goalkeeper of the Year, Ben Beaury.  The Penmen would even the score on a header off a free kick with twenty minutes left in regulation.  

Neither team was able to find the net in each of the two overtime periods as the game ended in a 2-2 draw.  LeMoyne goalkeeper, Ben Beaury, was able to hold off the attack of the Penmen in both overtimes that followed as he racked up a career high twelve saves in the game, the second most by a Dolphin in the last 15 seasons.  

Next stop for the Dolphins was Springfield, MA, for a Saturday showdown with the American International College (AIC) Yellow Jackets.  Yet again, the Dolphins jumped out early as a corner kick off the foot of redshirt senior midfielder Marcello Palucci found the head of first year graduate transfer, Niklas Breunung, to give them a 1-0 just 12 minutes in.  

Despite a brief flurry from the Yellow Jackets in the early moments of the second half, LeMoyne was able to hold off AIC for the 1-0 victory.  This marked the 25th career shutout for LeMoyne’s goalkeeper Ben Beaury, tying him with Steve White ’09 for the second most shutouts in the program’s history, one shy of the record at 26 set by Matthew Silva ’14.  This also marked the team’s first conference win of the season.

After a two game road trip, the Dolphins made the most of their return home for Alumni weekend defending their home turf by taking down the University of New Haven by a final of 3-0.  New Haven came into the game winless so far this year and the Dolphins sent them home still searching as sophomore Salar Faryar had himself a day on the pitch.  

Marek Weber started the scoring for the Dolphins with another early goal, this time just two and a half minutes in.  Salar Faryar followed up with his first of two goals on the day coming on a beautiful centering pass by sophomore Pablo Fernandez early on in the second half.  

Faryar then found the net again in the 78th minute as he crossed up the New Haven goalkeeper on a one on one breakaway.  This now gives Faryar 17 goals in just his first season and a half with the Dolphins.  Also with this shutout, LeMoyne goalkeeper Ben Beaury, now with four on the season, is now tied for the most career shutouts in program history.

The Dolphins (5-1-1, 2-1-1 in NE-10) will stay home as Assumption comes to town on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. at Ted Grant Field live on ‘PhinsTV as they will look to continue their hot play in the opening weeks of the season.