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RMU lose at Xavier, 3-0

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From Robert Morris University Athletic Department report

Robert Morris University men’s soccer team suffered a 3-0 loss at Xavier in non-conference action on Sunday night at Corcoran Field.

With the loss, the Colonials fall to 0-3-0 this season, while the Musketeers improve to 3-0-1 overall. Xavier has now won the last two meetings between the programs.

In the first half, Xavier go on the board first when Bernal de la Garza took a pass from Eli Dulle and beat the keeper in the 16′, 1-0.

The Colonials looked to respond in the 19′ when freshman Anass Hadran saw his shot hit off the post, keeping it a one score game.

Xavier extended its lead at the 26:40-mark when Jerome Jolly beat a defender on the ride side of the box and put a shot between the goalkeepers’ legs, 2-0.  Robert Morris kept pressing for an equalizer as sophomore Connor Hain put a shot on goal that was unfortunately saved by keeper Cole Jensen. The Musketeers held an 8-3 shot advantage, while both teams tallied two shots on goal in the first half.

After a corner kick by the Colonials to begin the second half, Xavier recorded four shots and a corner kick over the next four minutes. Robert Morris looked to cut into the deficit in the 57′ when junior Chase Gilley put a shot on goal that was saved by Jensen. After a Colonial miscue, Xavier was able to add on to their lead when de la Garcia recorded his second goal of the contest, 3-0.

The Musketeers had a shot bounce off the post before sophomore Gabe Norris saw his shot sail over the crossbar at the 75:47-mark.

SCORING PLAYS
16′ – de la Garza, Assist: Dulle
27′ – Jolly
66′ – de la Garza

QUICK HITS
Gray and Hadran make their first start of the season … Eight different Colonials recorded a shot … C. Gilley, Hain, and Lamarca each tallied a shot on goal … Xavier finished with a 16-8 shot advantage, including a 5-3 edge in shots on goal … RMU finished with an 8-7 lead in corner kicks.

NEXT
Robert Morris returns to action on Saturday, September 10, when it begins conference play by hosting Northern Kentucky at the North Athletic Complex, beginning at 2 p.m.

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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