Liberty League upset: No. 3 St. Lawrence falls to Union
|Sophomore Ryan Carter had 11 saves in Union's upset of St. Lawrence Union Athletics|
Sebastiaan Jansen's header stood as the lone goal in the match as Ryan Carter and the Dutchmen stunned No. 3 St. Lawrence 1-0 at College Park Saturday afternoon.
In other action, No. 11 Whitworth and NWC foe Puget Sound played to a scoreless draw, and No. 16 Rutgers-Camden needed a late goal in the second overtime to get by Salisbury, 3-2.
In the Union upset, both the Saints and the Dutchmen featured prolific goal scorers as Jansen and Sam DeMello came into the match the top two goal scorers in the Liberty League with 15 and 11 respectively.
The Dutchmen found themselves in foul trouble early as both Benjamin Goulb and Jake Soodek were issued yellow cards early in the match. Along with Goulb and Soodek, Dan Hunt was also issued one moments later.
After tempers began to settle, both offenses began to pick up. Andrew Bednarsky was the first to test Union netminder Ryan Carter in which he made the stop. On the ensuing break, Jake Soodek nearly threaded the ball to a wide-open Nick Vozzella in the opposing penalty box but the duo could not connect.
St. Lawrence was able to clear the ball and attack the Dutchmen defense again. The penalty box was full of Dutchmen defenders as the Saints attack was thwarted with blocks by the Union defense. In the 21st minute, Jansen nearly flicked a header to his teammates but Nate Goss-Woliner was there to stop the goal-scoring opportunity. Union's foul trouble continued Dean Constant found himself in the official's book for a yellow card.
The Saints had another opportunity as the offense broke out after a Union corner kick. However, the Dutchmen defense was able to slow it down to allow people to drop back, which prevented a Mark provost shot from reaching the net.
In the 36th minute, Sebastiaan Jansen was able to muscle off a header from an Alex Pack serve that arched into the net temporarily. A swarm of Saints defenders was there to clear the ball out. However, the official stopped the match and deferred to his assistant who deemed that the ball did cross the line, giving Jansen his Liberty League leading 17th goal of the season. The Dutchmen were able to hold on and take the one-goal advantage into halftime.
Both teams came out of halftime itching to score as each team passed up good opportunities. Two minutes into the second half, Brian Giloran nearly had a header that found the back of the net for the Saints but the bid sailed wide left. Constant responded for the Dutchmen as he initially had a breakaway to the net. However, the Saints defense that has only conceded four goals in the entire season managed to dispossess the striker. The officials continued to discipline both sides as four cards were issued in the second half.
Ryan Carter preserved Dutchmen lead as the goalkeeper saw a flurry of shots from the St. Lawrence attack. The netminder came up with nine of his 11 saves in the second half. Shots from Shaka Pilgrim and Bednarsky gave the Saints an opportunity for St. Lawrence to equalize. However, the Dutchmen defense did not break and were able to hold on to shock St. Lawrence for the win.
St. Lawrence had 11 shots on goal to Union's two in the match. Goss-Woliner had one save on the match and now stands at 9-2-1 for the season. Carter had a career-high 11 saves in the win and improves to 10-3-0.