First-half surge carries men's soccer to first win of season

First-half surge carries men's soccer to first win of season

PHILADELPHIA – Led by a pair of goals from James Tesoriero (Ramsey, N.J./Ramsey), the Philadelphia University men's soccer team scored three first-half goals and then hung on in the second 45 minutes to defeat Nyack 3-2 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) match for its first win of the season Saturday afternoon on Ravenhill Field.

Philadelphia (1-3-1, 1-2-0 CACC) scored all three goals in a 7:44 span late in the opening half.

Tesoriero started the offensive outburst with his first collegiate goal at the 35:04 mark with an assist from Rashaan Robe (Valley Stream, N.Y./Valley Stream Central)—who notched his first collegiate point. The lead to 2-0 in Philadelphia's favor when Tesoriero scored again at 41:07 after receiving a feed from Myles Jordan Senior-Campbell (London, England/John Lyon).

Just 1:41 later, Senior-Campbell scored for the first time in his collegiate career, on a Tesoriero pass, to increase the advantage to 3-0 at the half.

Nyack's Finn Reese snapped the shutout as he headed home a Pablo Montes pass at 56:36 to trim the Philadelphia lead to 3-1. At 76:20, the Warriors (1-5-0, 0-2-0 CACC) were awarded a penalty kick after the Rams committed a foul in the penalty area. Reese stepped up and was able to find the back of the net to make it a 3-2 affair.

Ten minutes later, Nyack's comeback attempt suffered a big blow as Andrew Kupp was sent off after receiving his second yellow card of the afternoon. In total, five yellow cards and red card were issued to Nyack, and Philadelphia had four players receive a yellow card.

Philadelphia's Eric Gutierrez (Croydon, Pa./Harry S. Truman) made one save to record his first collegiate victory, while Nyack keeper Wiktor Lasota had seven stops.

The Rams outshot the Warriors 14-6.

Philadelphia heads to LIU Post for a non-conference match on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 3 p.m.