PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University men's soccer team suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) loss to Dominican (N.Y.) in a rescheduled contest Monday afternoon on Ravenhill Field.
The Chargers' Sergio Monton broke the 1-all deadlock with 2:36 remaining as he scored his sixth goal of the season. Monton dribbled to an area just outside the left corner of the penalty area and took a shot that deflected off the head of Ram defender Dermot Hughes (North Chittenden, Vt./Proctor) that got past a frozen Eric Gutierrez (Croydon, Pa./Harry S. Truman) for the goal.
Philadelphia led 1-0 at halftime thanks to Jason Rocha's (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) second goal of 2016. On a free kick on Philadelphia's half of the field, Ignacio Hernandez (Panama City, Panama/Colegio Brader) lifted the ball to a wide-open Rocha along the left sideline. Charger keeper Steven Hegner charged well out of his net in a last-ditch effort to deny Rocha. Rocha calmly chipped the ball over Hegner and into the vacated goal 5:25 before halftime.
The lead held up until the 60:24 mark when Stefan Gualano got his head to a James Gragson corner kick at the far post. The goal was Gualano's third on the season.
Hegner finished the match with five saves, while Gutierrez stopped one shot.
Philadelphia outshot Dominican 15-13, including an 11-6 shot advantage during the second half. The Rams had their offensive attack stalled by eight offside calls.
Philadelphia begins a string of three straight road matches on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at Mercy College at 3 p.m.