Men’s Soccer Ties American in D.C.

Evan Xenopoulos

After defeating Navy to move into first place in the Patriot League, Colgate looked to improve upon its impressive league record against the American University Eagles last Sunday. The matchup between these two teams had direct playoff implications, as the Raiders were looking to stay on top and American was fighting to clinch a playoff spot.

The first half was relatively even, as the teams had their fair share of shots and chances. Both teams were focused on playing strong defense and were waiting for one another to make a crucial mistake. The second half was more of the same, as much of the play was concentrated in the midfield. The teams again had opportunities, but the defenses and goaltenders would keep the match scoreless going into overtime. The overtime sessions saw some great chances, as American’s Mike Worden took a strong shot that was stopped by junior goalie David Cappuccio in the first overtime. Colgate received a golden opportunity in the second overtime when senior captain Eric Anton narrowly missed finishing a cross. The game would end in a scoreless tie, allowed Colgate to better its Patriot League Record to 4-0-2. The Raiders are now tied for first place with Holy Cross.

Senior captain Dan Belke, who was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for his stellar performance, gave his thoughts on the match and the upcoming contest against Lehigh.

“We played a tough American team on the road and we were able to pick up a crucial point to keep us in first place,” he noted. “We were unlucky not to escape with a win, but we had a solid defensive performance and played well on the road. We are now going to focus all our attention on Lehigh this week and hopefully get a victory to secure first place and bring the tournament back to Colgate for all our supporters.”

The Raiders defense has been the catalyst for much of the team’s success, but it will also take a solid offensive showing against Lehigh to secure the victory. Colgate’s match against the Mountain Hawks will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday. If the Raiders win, they are all but assured of hosting the Patriot League Tournament.