Raiders Reach Ramming Speed In Taking Down Fordham

The Colgate men’s soccer returned from its heartbreaking loss against Buffalo with high spirits and looked to its six seniors to pull out a 1-0 shutout at home over Fordham. The seniors, who head coach Mike Doherty called “the heart and soul of the team,” stepped up to lead the team to victory. Doherty felt that the players were not performing poorly in the game against Buffalo, but when facing Fordham they showed the skills that they are truly capable of.Despite some intense play throughout the first half, both teams were held scoreless. The first 45 minutes of play were completely even, as no team held any advantage; however, the struggle was seen by the referee’s issuing of three yellow cards. The second half was a much different story, as the Raiders played a more offensive game and pursued some early chances to score. At the 68:30 mark, senior captain Reed Grimes scored the first and only goal of the game his first of the season by heading the ball into the far corner. Junior midfielder Sean O’Sullivan set up the goal for Grimes with a deft service from 35 yards out.Fordham fought back and attempted to score after Colgate’s goal, but the Raider defense, especially the efforts of sophomore goal keeper Doug Litvack, held them scoreless. After letting in three goals in the team’s last game against Buffalo, Litvack proved himself in Saturday’s game as a powerful force in the net. This win was his first career shutout as he posted six saves. Two of these saves came in the second half, when the Rams put forth an extremely strong effort to tie up the game, but Litvak alone kept them from achieving their goal.The remainder of the second half consisted entirely of Colgate controlling the play and doing anything to maintain its one-goal lead. At the end of the game the Raiders had out shot the Rams 15-10, each team was even at four corner kicks, and each was issued three yellow cards. Unfortunately the game scheduled for last Wednesday against Marist was cancelled due to the effects of Hurricane Frances, but the team will once again show their skills this weekend when the team holds its annual alumni weekend. The team plays Cornell tomorrow at 7 p.m.