CANANDAIGUA – Its official – the men's soccer program at Finger Lakes CC is now beginning to take shape. Yesterday, the Lakers (3-5-1, 1-2 MSAC) earned their second consecutive victory by taking down Erie CC (3-4) at home in a tight game – 3-2. With the win – Finger Lakes has now taken 3 of its last 4 contests.
On a day where the sky was full of nothing but sunshine, Finger Lakes rode off into the sunset at the conclusion of the game with the feeling of success on their backs. Talk about a tail of two half's yesterday. A game that stood nil-nil at intermission – it seemed as if both defenses stood no chance of allowing any goals on Monday. That would all change in the latter half of the matchup.
All five of the goals that were had in the game came in the second half – in a span of 19 minutes. Erie was responsible for the first score – which came at minute 52.
The Lakers would then be held accountable for the next marker – which came 2 minutes later at minute 54. At that minute is when Sahbaz Sabanovic (forward) pierced the netting in the back of Erie's goal with his 4th helper of 2012. On the passing end of Sabanovic's goal was Tyler Coyle (defender). The assist was the first of his collegiate career.
Tied at 1-all after Finger Lakes found the scoreboard, the game didn't see another goal until the 67th minute. It was then when the Lakers would take their first lead of the afternoon. Scoring at that minute for Finger Lakes was freshman defender Michael Cooper. The goal was his 4th of the season. On the distributing end of it with his second assist of the season was Christian Kissel (defender).
Up 2-1 with 23 minutes to go in regulation, the Lakers would hold onto the lead for just 3 minutes before surrendering it to an Erie helper at minute 70. That goal knotted things up at 2.
The back and forth battle continued.
Literally 60 seconds later, the Lakers took the game by its throat and never let go. At minute 71, Sabanovic netted his team-leading 5th goal of 2012 when he found the net after receiving a beautiful pass from teammate Ben Price (forward). The assist was the first of Price's collegiate career. After the score, Finger Lakes and Erie went scoreless for the remainder of the 90-minute meeting. The Lakers, needless to say, held on for the victory.
The win couldn't have been earned by Finger Lakes without stating the play of starting keeper Shane Bly. The Rochester, NY native finished the game with 3 saves. In total, the Lakers attempted 9 shots on goal. Erie, on the other hand, attempted 5 shots on Bly.
Finger Lakes will now face the nation's top team in Herkimer County CC in its next game – which is scheduled for Thursday (9/20) at the home of the Generals at 7:00 p.m. Herkimer currently stands at 9-0 on the season.