The men’s soccer team closed out the regular season by defeating the American Eagles 1-0 last Saturday. With the win the team finished above .500 in the Patriot League this season at 4-3-0 and an 8-8-1 record overall. Unfortunately they lost out on a three-way tiebreak to Lafayette and will not be playing in this weeks Patriot League Tournament, which will be hosted by the #1 seeded Bucknell Bison. Lehigh claimed the #2 seed, with American getting the #4 seed.
Senior midfielder Alex Weekes scored the lone goal of the contest, his seventh of the season, which ties him with first-year midfielder Mike Reidy for most goals on the squad. Weekes received a through ball from first-year midfielder Mike Garzi and was able to get behind the American defense to create a one-on-one with the American sophomore goalkeeper Matt Makowski. Weekes calmly put it out of Makowski’s reach and into the back of the net in the 58th minute.
This broke the deadlock in the game after a scoreless first half, whether neither team made a good attempt on goal. However, once American found themselves down a goal they cranked up the offensive intensity, and earned several promising opportunities in the final 30 minutes of play. Senior midfielder Colin Zizzi fired one at goal from inside the 18-yard box, but it was saved by Colgate sophomore goalkeeper Chris Miller. American got their best chance of the game a few minutes later when senior midfielder Cameron Petty received a gorgeous cross from senior forward Christopher Liebner. Petty got a head to the ball, but his header deflected of the left post and into the safekeeping of Miller’s arms.
The game was very even throughout as each team had 10 shots, with four of them being on goal. Miller recorded four saves for Colgate while Makowski had three. Brifely, five Raiders were named to All-League teams Tuesday. Alex Weekes, senior midfielder Chris Ross, and junior defender Jeff Leach all made the first team, giving the Raiders a forward, midfield and defender on the squad. For Ross it was his second consecutive first-team selection, and Weekes his second selection to the first team overall. Mike Reidy made the second-team with senior defender Chris Salmon. Reidy was also named Patroit League Rookie of the Year. He amassed 15 points the season on seven goals and an assist, which was good enough for second on the team. Weekes closed out the year with 18 points on seven goals and four assists. Ross and Leach both tie for third with eight points both coming off of two goals and four assists.