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Missed chances haunt Robert Morris men in 1-0 loss to Detroit Mercy

From Robert Morris University athletic department report

Despite owning a man advantage for the entirety of the second half, the Robert Morris University men’s soccer team couldn’t find an equalizer as it fell to Detroit Mercy, 1-0, this afternoon from the North Athletic Complex.

Robert Morris (0-2-1, 0-0-0 NEC) owned an 11-8 advantage in shot attempts and conceded 10 fouls to Detroit Mercy’s (1-2-0, 0-0-0 MAAC) 15, but ultimately couldn’t find itself with the edge that mattered the most. Only five shots total between the two teams were on target.

The Titans controlled the first 12 minutes of the contest, but RMU struck in the 17th minute with its best opportunity of the first half. Owen Pearce ripped a shot from inside the box that was blocked by a defender’s hand, forcing a penalty kick. Oeyvind Skjesol stood over the ball in hopes of putting the hosts ahead 1-0, but Evan Mazurek gloved his attempt at the far right post.

The Colonials kept pushing forward following the saved penalty, owning the majority of possession while creating some golden chances. Skjesol headed a cross over the goal in the 27th minute, and Roald Aas Ravlum had an attempt cleared off the line in the 33rd minute. Lorenzo Guagneli found Christopher Coridon on a corner kick soon after, but Coridon’s redirection missed the netting.

Detroit Mercy would strike in the 41st minute. Kevin Tapchom flicked a header over to the left of the box, where Mohamad Miri was racing. Miri took a couple of dribbles before unleashing a powerful left-footed shot that rung just inside the far right post for the opening goal.

With 55 seconds remaining in the half however, Collin Cavanaugh – after earning a foul from about 30 yards out – was sent off with a red card for an action after the play, leaving the Titans to defend their lead with 10 men.

RMU controlled possession with the extra man in the second half, but was unable to grab the tying goal. The Colonials had a pair of chances waved off for offside in the 65th and 69th minutes, with the latter going into the back of the net as the flag went up.

Skjesol led the hosts with three shot attempts.

Winter Fondi moved into a tie for fourth all-time in career games started by a RMU goalkeeper, appearing in his 37th Starting XI.

Robert Morris concludes the RMU / Duquesne Tournament on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 1:00 p.m. against Northern Kentucky. This will be the first time that the Colonials and Norse have met in program history.

PItt MF Michael Sullivan

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