Stevens Tech Hands No. 3 Men's Soccer First Defeat, 1-0
HOBOKEN, N.J. - A goal from Stevens' Stephen Dunbar in the 39th minute proved to the difference as the No. 3 Swarthmore College men's soccer team (5-1, 1-0) suffered its first setback of the season 1-0 at the hands of the Ducks on Wednesday evening.
The back-and-forth game was locked 0-0 through the first 38 minutes. Following a pair of shots by sophomore Jack Momeyer and senior Pierre Dyer in the 16th and 19th minutes, the Stevens defense didn't allow the Garnet near the net for the remainder of the first half. Senior David D'Annunzio and his defense managed to keep the aggressive Ducks at bay until Stevens' Dunbar broke through with the game's only goal - on a shot that just slipped through D'Annuznio's hands - at 38:23 mark, making it 1-0 Ducks.
In the second half, the Garnet offense came to life and fought valiantly, taking 12 shots in the final 45 minutes (as opposed to only two in the first half) against Stevens' seven. However, five saves by Ducks goalie Brian Schaake kept Swarthmore off the board, and as an 89th-minute kick by senior Brett McLarney sailed high, the Garnet's five-game winning streak came to an end.
The incredibly even match between the Mid-Atlantic regional powers saw Swat hold a 14-13 edge in shots and both teams finish with five corners.
Freshman Michael Stewart led the Garnet with three shots.
Swarthmore will attempt to get back on track with a trip to Dickinson on Saturday for its second Centennial Conference match of the season. Play is set to begin at 2:30 pm.