Seton Hall tops Fordham, 3-1Date: October 8, 2019
By: Dylan Hunt
The Seton Hall Pirates made it four straight wins in an offensive showing against the Fordham Rams, 3-1, at Owen T. Carroll field on Tuesday evening.
The Pirates got off to a slow defensive start allowing a few scoring chances in the first half, but surprisingly took the lead on a Carlton McKenzie goal. This gave the Pirates the 1-0 lead with 5:18 left in the first half. McKenzie clocked 55 minutes in the game and scored once on one shot on goal.
The Pirates were once again off to a slow defensive start in the second half, allowing a goal to Fordham’s Filippo Ricupati with an assist by Andron Kagramanyan at 9:40 into the second half of the match. This would be the only goal that Pirates’ goalkeeper Andreas Nota would allow all night in his 87 minutes. He compiled two saves on three shots on goal.
After this it was all Seton Hall, starting out with a goal by Sean MacLeod, who came into the game as a substitute. The goal came on a masterful free kick that wrapped around the left post just past Fordham goalkeeper Konstantin Weis and gave Seton Hall the 2-1 lead.
MacLeod totaled 55 minutes as well as two shots on goal. Fordham’s defense broke down in the second half late, allowing a goal to Vittorio Argeri with a beautiful assist by Stephen Elias. This gave Seton Hall the 3-1 lead with 8:02 left in the second half.
The Pirates’ offense ended the game with 11 shots, seven of those being on goal. The game got ugly in the second half as the yellow cards began to fly. The Fordham Rams received four yellow cards in the second half and the Pirates added three yellow cards as well. The win was the Seton Hall Pirates’ fourth in a row to go along with their fourth in a row at home at Owen T. Carroll Field. Seton Hall goalkeeper Nota notched the win for the Pirates while goalkeeper Weis got the loss for Fordham.
McKenzie had this to say about the Pirates’ current win streak, “It’s the best feeling when you come here in front of our fans and they’re cheering, you can’t beat it.” Moving forward McKenzie said, “We’ve got to build on the momentum we got, we know people look down on us, but we’ve got to change the narrative.”
Coach Andreas Lindberg said about the Pirates’ slow start, “We came out a little bit flat, I think we stayed a little bit flat, but it’s also good strength from us to not play great and still score three goals and get a win at home.” Lindberg also added that Fordham surprised the Pirates with the formation they were playing.
Moving forward Lindberg added, “We’ve got a massive game against Georgetown on Friday and we need to keep it going a bit better than we did today and we have to be a little bit more aggressive defensively.”
Seton Hall goalkeeper Nota went down with an injury late in the game, Lindberg spoke on the injury, “It’s something that he’s had a problem with all year, hopefully he’ll be fine and play on Friday.”
The win moves Seton Hall over the .500 mark on the season at 5-4. Their next match will be on the road against Georgetown on Friday at 3 p.m.
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