ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. - For over 70 minutes in Wednesday afternoon’s East Coast Conference match at Molloy, the D’Youville men’s soccer team defended as well as they could against the conference leaders. But a penalty awarded to the Lions in the 72nd minute led to the game’s only goal and a third consecutive defeat in league play for the Saints. Wednesday's setback sees the Saints fall to 4-3-3 on the season and 0-3 in ECC play.
After conceding nine goals in their two previous league contests, the Saints played five at the back for most of the match, opting to keep Molloy out of their net for as long as possible. As a result, the Saints struggled for much of any offensive output as freshman Luis Felipe Santos accounted for both of D’Youville’s shots on goal, both coming in the opening 45 minutes.
Freshman goalkeeper Ethan Picard stepped up for the team, saving a career-high nine shots to keep the Saints in the game. Picard was finally beaten on Peter Meyer’s penalty kick in the second half. Picard dove to his left as Meyer’s shot went into the opposite corner.
The first-place Lions outshot the Saints 25-2 on the afternoon, including a 10-2 mark in the shots on goal category … Picard’s nine saves and Molloy goalkeeper Nick Conklu’s two saves puts each goalie on top of the conference tally for most saves at 35.
The Saints return to ECC road action on Saturday, October 2 when they travel to Bridgeport. Kick-off against the Purple Knights is slated for 3 p.m.
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