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Victor Koah’s second half goal lifts Robert Morris Past VMI

From Robert Morris University athletic department report

Closing out a three-game road slate, the Robert Morris University men’s soccer team captured a 2-1 victory over VMI in non-conference action at Patchin Field.

With the win, the Colonials snap a four-game losing streak and improve to 4-7-1 overall this season. Meanwhile, the Keydets fall to 2-11-1 overall this fall. Robert Morris has now won all three contests against VMI.

“Was pleased with the guys performance today,” Robert Morris’ Head Hoach Jason O’Keefe said. “In the end it was enough. We need to recover and turn our focus to a big Horizon League match against a top team in the league.”

Both teams started out slow in the opening seven minutes before the Keydets took a 1-0 lead at the 8:30-mark, off the foot of Tate Pospichal. Robert Morris looked to answer as they tallied four-straight shots in just under a seven-minute span. Off a corner kick in the 21st minute, sophomore Bryan Akongo had an opportunity to be the equalizer as his shot bounced off the crossbar. At the 33:17-mark, Robert Morris knotted the score as junior Hugo Kadima was able to put a header to the right of the goalkeeper, 1-1.

Just over five minutes into the second half, the Colonials were able to take the lead off the right foot of freshman Victor Koah, 2-1. Robert Morris looked to extend its lead as it recorded four shots and two corner kicks over the next 12 minutes. The Colonials defense was dominant in the second half as VMI registered their first shot in the 71st minute.

In the 34th minute, junior Darren Gray had the ball on the right side of the field and put a cross to the far-left post that found the head of Kadima. Kadima was able to find the right side of the net and get the Colonials on the board. Off a throw-in, Logan Gilley was able to corral a redirect and put a pass to the ride side of the box to set up Koah for the game winning goal.

SCORING PLAYS
8:30 – Pospichal, Assist: Royar
33:17 – Kadima, Assist: Gray
50:25 – Koah, Assist: L. Gilley

QUICK HITS
Koah registers his first goal of the season … Kadima finds the back of the net for the second time this year … Gilley and Gray tally their second assists of the fall …  RMU finished with an 18-7 shot advantage and a 6-2 edge in shots on goal … Colonials held a 5-1 lead in corner kicks

UP NEXT
Robert Morris returns to the NAC when it hosts Detroit Mercy on Saturday, October 22, in Horizon League action, starting at 2:00 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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