GREENVILLE, Pa. – The men's soccer team (2-4) got a pair of goals from Nick Minshall (4, 5) and Riley Jackson (2, 3) and a strong performance in net from freshman Lino Taormina making his first collegiate start to beat Thiel College (4-3), 4-1, Saturday afternoon in the Thiel Soccer Invitational. The team has now won two of its last three matches, all on the road.
The team scored two goals in a span of 3:25 before the game was seven minutes old and never looked back. Just over three minutes into the contest, Jackson got his first of the game after corralling Minshall's rebound. Then, with just under seven minutes elapsed, Akintunde Oluwadare played a ball over the top to Minshall, who dribbled around the goalkeeper to finish.
The Bulldogs went up 3-0, when Ryan McCarthy crossed to Jackson in front of the goal, where he finished on his first try with just under 19 minutes having gone by.
Taormina, earned his first collegiate win and only allowed a penalty-kick goal that made the score, 3-1, after Adrian was called for a penalty in the box at the 40:30 mark of the first half.
It took Adrian about two minutes into the second half to get on the board again. The team had pressure on the Tomcat backs on top of the 18. Minshall was able to win the ball and finish unassisted.
Coach Chris LeFevre was pleased with his team's resolve. "They came out confident and it showed with those two quick goals. Their energy and passion were very good."
The Bulldogs will stay at Thiel College to take on Birmingham Southern, Sunday morning at 11 a.m.