Men’s soccer opens NAC play with win

The Spartans defeated Lyndon State College 4-0 Saturday on Alumni Field, improving their record to 3-5 on the season and 1-0 in North Atlantic Conference play.Ryan Hahn led the Spartan offense, scoring two goals and assisting on the other two. Greg Klopfer and Josh Costa each netted goals of their own.

“I thought we played quite well, finishing four great goals from unselfish passes, and demonstrating a hard-nosed defense,” said head coach John Werner.

Hahn’s first goal came in the first half when he one-touched a loft shot over Lyndon’s goalie, Jeff Giroux.

The Spartans were shut down the rest of the half.

Halfway through the second half, Spartan junior Sean Fitzgerald’s leg was injured as he made a run at the goal. The crowd and Spartans were visibly agitated that the referee made no call.

The Spartans made their agitation known by breaking the game wide open with three quick goals.

First, Costa made a charge at the goal but was denied by Giroux. Hahn picked up the loose ball and passed it back to Klopfer, who put a hard one-touch shot on the ball, sending it just out of reach of a diving Giroux.

Just three minutes later, Hahn scored again as he headed a ball past the outstretched arms of Giroux. Hahn, who had been going back and forth with Giroux verbally during the game, took a quick look at the goalie, who stood motionless with a look of disbelief on his face.

Then, Costa finished the Spartans’ scoring as he slipped a slow rolling ball past Giroux’s dive and into the wide-open net.

“I do think the no call there raised our level of intensity,” said Werner. “It did add to the domination we were having, keeping the ball in their end a lot of the time.”

Werner again complimented his team on a great win.

“Goals change games, and getting the 3 second half goals to put the game away was great,” he said. “Greg Klopfer was our man of the match, and Ryan Hahn obviously had a great day. Jerry DeChance was huge in the back, and T. J. Mazza once again was very solid in the middle.

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