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‘Little more organized’ RMU men’s soccer falls to Cleveland St, 2-0

From Robert Morris University athletic department report 

Robert Morris’ men’s soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to Cleveland State Wednesday afternoon.

The loss moves RMU to 0-2 on the season.

“After (losing) 5-0 last week to only 2-0 this week, obviously we want to take some improvements out of that,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said.

“I thought we were a little more organized today, more guys were on the same page and playing for each other, but Cleveland State did a good job, they were on the ball a lot.”

Cleveland State tested the Colonials back line early on, forcing keeper Grant Glorioso (North Allegheny) into a pair of saves on efforts from Pablo Kawecki and Andrew Nicholas.

After managing just one shot on target last week against Oakland, the Colonials managed create several more opportunities against CSU Wednesday.

Preston Rushmore’s effort from the top off the box was swallowed up by Naeemy Omeed for their first decent scoring chance of the game.

Another volley from Gustaf Moberg late in the first tested Omeed again, but the shot was saved again shortly before the whistle blew on the opening half with things even at 0-0.

CSU took charge of the contest in the middle of the second half, going up 1-nil in the 64th minute after Bojan Kolevski’s strike from outside the box beat a diving Glorioso into the up left hand corner to break the stalemate.

Cleveland State doubled the lead just five minutes later after Janis Schmidt was awarded a penalty kick after a collision in the box. Though Glorioso made the initial save, Schmidt was well-positioned to bang home the follow-up effort on the rebound.
RMU continued to press, hunting a goal with a late counter, however they could not crack Omeed and the CSU backline, who made several nice clears on volleys into the box.

Tom Akinola’s turning effort in the box was blocked before a nice clear on Bryan Akongo’s follow up was swept away to end the counter for RMU.

“There were just certain moments where we sort of fell off our gameplan and just didn’t do the job we were doing for long periods, and then they punish you,” O’Keefe said.

“Good teams are going to punish you if you make repeated mistakes.”

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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