FINAL: Oakland 2, Robert Morris 1
From Robert Morris University and Oakland University Athletic Department reports
Robert Morris University men’s soccer team suffered its first loss in league action after dropping a 2-1 decision at Oakland on Wednesday night in Horizon League action.
With the loss, the Colonials fall to 3-4-1 overall, with a 2-1-1 mark in conference action. Meanwhile, the Golden Grizzlies improve to 1-6-2 this season behind a 1-0-1 record in league play.
“Tough one tonight,” RMU head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “All the credit goes to Oakland. They have a championship program and it showed tonight. We learned a lot this evening and will become better for it in the future.”
The Golden Grizzlies wasted no time getting on the board as Dawsun Schrum found the back of the net in the 12th minute, while Owen Smith and Gabriel Baylon were credited with the assist.
The Colonials looked to tie the score at the 16:24-mark when sophomore Charlie Lawrence fired a shot that was ultimately blocked. Oakland looked to add to their lead when they fired two more shots on goal but were saved by sophomore keeper Friedrich Petrelli. Robert Morris continued to fire shots at that net and broke through in the 45th minute when sophomore Bryan Akongo beat the goalkeeper to the left and tied the score, 1-1. Classmate Lucas Shearer was credited with the assist.
After Oakland began the second half with a shot, the Colonials recorded six shots, four of them coming in a 33 second span with two of them unfortunately saved. Robert Morris continued to pepper the net as Lawrence tallied another shot on goal that was saved by Michael Sly Jr.
The Golden Grizzlies stretched their lead at the 63:57-mark when Reid Sproat found the left side of the net, 2-1.
Ville➕ReidGame-Winning Goal😎 pic.twitter.com/kdVajsO74M
— Oakland Men’s Soccer (@OaklandMSOC) September 29, 2022
RMU sprayed the net for the remainder of the half but their comeback fell just short.
11:53 – Schrum, Assists: Smith & Baylon
44:35 – Akongo, Assist: Shearer
63:57 – Sproat, Assist: Ahola
Akongo recorded his first goal of the season … Shearer registered his first assist this season … Colonials winning-streak comes to an end … RMU drops its first Horizon League game … Colonials finished with a 16-9 shot advantage and a 6-5 edge in shots on goal … RMU finished with a 10-3 lead in corner kicks.
The Colonials return to action on Tuesday, October 4, when it travels to Marshall for a non-conference match, starting at 7:15 p.m.