BINGHAMTON, NY -- Corey Nash chased down a long header from Jeremy Minnamon in the 82nd minute and chipped it over the Hornets goalie for the lone and deciding goal in Wednesday's Men's Soccer matchup between Finger Lakes and SUNY Broome.
The Lakers are now 1-0 in conference and regional play, and 1-1 overall.
The first half featured a balanced matchup between the Lakers and Hornets. Both teams were able to get multiple attempts on net. Broome managed to get in the way of many of the Finger Lakes shots and block them aside before reaching net. Finger Lakes used aggressive defense and tackling to limit the Hornet attempts on net as they went to halftime scoreless.
The pace in the second half increase and with it was the scoring chances. Corey Nash provided a spark for the Lakers. He used his speed down the right wing and centered it to David Pullen. Pullen would slide it just wide. More Lakers offense was featured minutes later as Drake Miller would reverse fields and cross it to Brett Worley. Worley's cross back into the box, however, as headed away. Play would flow back down towards the Lakers net. A Broome foward found himself behind the Lakers back line. He would fire a shot from the top of the box, but he save was made by Brian Arcara.
Finger Lakes would continue to increase the pressure on the offensive end. Following Arcara's save, the long ball was played to Corey Nash who got in on net. The Tyler Hinds, the Hornets keeper, would challenge and Nash attempted a chip over him. Hinds would just get a hand on it and tip it over the crossbar. In the 73rd minute, Kyle Daly would cross the ball and and find David Pullen for a point blank header. Hinds would make another save on the Lakers forward to keep it scoreless. Pullen would get another chance five minutes later when he would find the ball open the box, however he was stopped once again. In total, Pullen had three shots on net in the second half.
Finger Lakes finally broke through in the 82nd minute. Coming off a Broome goal kick, Jeremy Minnamon would head it from midfield back over the Hornets defense. Nash made a run past the defense and found himself on net once again. This time, the goalie could not get a hand on Nash's chip and the ball found the back of the net for the deciding goal in the 1-0 game.
Nash's goal was his first of the season. The sophomore led the Lakers in scoring last season. Jeremy Minnamon had the assist in his first game as a Laker. Brian Arcara made seven saves in recording the shutout.
The Lakers return to action this weekend as they host the FLCC Classic. The tournament will invite in Howard CC (MD), Mercyhurst North East, and Mohawk Valley CC. The Lakers will face Howard on Saturday at 1pm and the Saints of Mercyhurst NE on Sunday at 3pm.