Men’s soccer team continues undefeated streak

Antonio Velazquez, Staff Writer

Gannon University’s 12th-ranked men’s soccer team continued its perfect start to the season over the weekend, stretching its record to 4-0.

After beating Lock Haven Sept. 8, the Knights defeated Ashland 2-1 Saturday and then the University of the District of Columbia 3-2 in overtime Sunday.

The Knights’ Saturday win was the product of goals scored by Bek Nurlanbek in the 19th minute and Tinashe Katsande in the 37th minute.

Ashland’s Brandon Davidson got the Eagles on the board in the 84th minute; however, a strong defensive showing from the Knights prevailed and Gannon held on for the win.

The Knights wound up with a 16-11 advantage in shots and an 8-0 edge in corner kicks.

Gannon goalkeeper Maximiliano Rocco finished with six saves in the win.

The following day against the University of the District of Columbia, the Knights continued the winning streak with a gutsy overtime victory, produced off the foot of Furkan Yildirim, who scored on a penalty kick with only 29 seconds remaining in the first overtime.

After trailing 2-1 at the half, the Knights evened the score just 65 seconds into the second half on a goal by Nurlanbek.

Katsande accounted for the first Knights goal, which came in the game’s seventh minute.

Gannon finished with a 13-10 edge on shots, and Rocco did not register a save.

This start marks a milestone for the Knights, who accomplished this start despite playing for the fourth time in seven days.

Meanwhile, the women’s team suffered a tough 1-0 loss Saturday against Seton Hill that evened its record at 1-1.

Despite Seton Hill being at a disadvantage due to a red card early on, the Knights’ offense could not find the net, failing to utilize dominating possession time.

The Griffins got on the board in the 36th minute with an Olivia DeLeonibus shot after a corner kick fell into the front of the net.

Shorthanded Seton Hill hung tight the remainder of the contest, holding off advances that resulted in the Knights having a 26-6 total shot advantage, with five shots coming from Taylor Lewis.

The Knights also finished the day with a 7-1 lead in corner kicks but that did not matter in the end.

The Gannon men’s team looks to continue its undefeated season on the road against Wilmington University at 1 p.m. Saturday while the women’s team will try to rebound with a matchup against crosstown rival Mercyhurst at 7 p.m. Wednesday at McConnell Family Stadium.



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