ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. - A sloppy defensive first half proved to be the HU men’s soccer team’s demise as their undefeated season came to an end Saturday afternoon against Rochester College. The Foresters dug themselves in a 3-1 hole through the first 45 minutes and could never recover as the Warriors held on for the 3-2 win.
With this loss, the Foresters drop to 3-1
RC did all of their damage in the first half with Joey Beshara leading the charge with two goals. He scored his first goal in the 7th minute and then struck again with what proved to be the game-winner right before intermission to give the home fans plenty to cheer about.
In between Beshara’s first half heroics, Jake Essig countered to tie things up at 1-1 after Tyson Bradley-Kalischuk and Josh Codd combined to find Essig on a perfectly timed run. Less than five minutes later, Justin Kane punched in another Warrior goal at the 20:30 mark to quickly squelch the Foresters’ momentum.
HU continued to pressure Rochester by generating ten shots in the final 45 minutes and their efforts finally paid off in the 81st minute when Joey Newbery scored his third goal of the week on a penalty kick but it was too little too late as the Warriors were able to hold off their visitors for the win.
Drew Mattingly took the loss in goal and finished with four saves.
“Rochester is a solid team, and they made us pay for our flat start,” said Coach Lawson. “But I am confident our boys will learn from this and be better on Tuesday.”
The Foresters host Manchester University on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.