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Robert Morris, Green Bay battle to 1-1 draw

Robert Morris men’s soccer team continued its three-game road trip on Saturday afternoon, playing to a 1-1 draw at Green Bay in Horizon League action at Aldo Santaga Stadium.

“I am proud of the team and how we played in the second half,” RMU’s head coach Jonathan Potter said. “We had some good looks at goal against a tough opponent.”

Both teams walk away from the match with identical records, 4-3-5 overall and 2-2-2 in league action.


It was a cold and windy afternoon in Green Bay but that didn’t slow down the hot start for RMU. It took just 60 seconds for the Colonials to get on the board as John Paul Mbuthia found the bottom right corner of the net to give RMU a 1-0 lead. After a foul on the Phoenix, William Dodzi Afawubo put a free kick into the box that found the foot of Mbuthia, who beat the keeper to the right.

After back-to-back corner kicks for Green Bay, Andrew Paolucci put a shot off the woodwork before Rohin Kapila was able to put a header across the goal line and even the match in the 12th minute, 1-1. The Phoenix continued to force the pressure over the next 13 minutes as they registered six shots in that time.

Paul Mbuthia looked to regain the lead for RMU in the 44th minute as his shot was unfortunately blocked in the middle of the box and the two squads went into the break tied 1-1.

In the second half, the Colonials were getting looks as Kai McLoughlin fired a shot to the top left that was saved by Green Bay keeper Tobias Jahn. Less than a minute later, the Phoenix responded with an opportunity of their own, peppering the bottom corner of the net that was saved by goalkeeper Kieran Gorgenyi.

Over the next 16 minutes, the two squads traded shots as they combined for six opportunities and four corner kicks. Gorgenyi collected a pair of saves during that spurt. RMU had two chances late to regain the lead as McLoughlin placed a shot in the center that was saved in the 83rd minute before his opportunity in the 84th minute sailed high over the crossbar.

1′ – Goal: John Paul Mbuthia (3)
12′ – Goal: Rohlin Kapila (1), Assisted by: Andrew Paolucci
28′ – Yellow Card: Josh Johansen
56′ – Yellow Card: Alex Cole
69′ – Yellow Card: Jake Parish
72′ – Yellow Card: Anass Hadran
87′ – Yellow Card: Tommy Coughlin

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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