HANOVER, N.H.-Senior forward Lucky Mkosana's(Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) team-leading ninth goal of the season ended 63 minutes of scoreless soccer and led the Dartmouth men's soccer team to a 1-0 win over Colgate on Tuesday night.
Dartmouth (7-4-2, 3-1-0 Ivy League) entered the second half deadlocked at, 0-0, for its third consecutive game and had several scoring chances before Mkosana unlocked the Colgate defense in the 63rd minute. Senior forward Maarten van Ess (Marlborough, Mass.) caught the ball on the outside of the Colgate box and slipped a pass through the defense which Mkosana caught on his foot and put in the lower left corner, for the eventual game-winner.
The win gives Dartmouth a 4-1-1 non-conference record at Burnham Field and makes Dartmouth unbeaten at Burnham Field in its last seven games.
Mkosana's three shots led the Dartmouth offense while Van Ess and senior Nick Pappas (Scottsdale, Ariz.) each added one shot. Sophomore goalkeeper Noah Cohen (Johannesburg, South Africa) turned away four Colgate shots in his second consecutive shutout.
Colgate (9-4-3, 3-1-1 Patriot League) made things interesting down the stretch with three chances at the equalizer in the final minutes of play. Pappas helped keep Colgate off the board in the 17th minute of action using his foot to clear a Steven Miller shot off the goal line. The Raiders made a push in the final minutes with two shots on goal in the closing five minutes, forcing Cohen and the Dartmouth defense work for the victory.
The Raiders outshot Dartmouth, 8-5, in the contest and were led by Jimmy McLaughlin's three shots. Reed made one save in 90 minutes of work.
The first half was a defensive battle between the Big Green and Raiders with only one shot recorded between the two teams in the first 45 minutes of action. Dartmouth had several scoring opportunities in the opening half led by Mkosana and junior midfielder Stoian Nedelchev (Sofia, Bulgaria).
Mkosana had the first scoring opportunity of the game. After Colgate moved into the attacking third of the field, the Big Green defense cleared the ball and Mkosana was able to catch the Colgate defense on its heels. The captain dribbled to the corner and after pulling the ball back out to create space had a nice look at the goal, but was stymied by a Colgate defender who was sprinting back goal side.
Nedelchev, had a chance in the final minutes of the half and after getting through the Colgate defense, found the ball on his foot at the corner of the goal, but tapped the ball just wide of the net.
Dartmouth opens a two-game road swing when it heads to Cambridge, Mass., on Saturday (Oct. 29) to take on Ivy League foe, Harvard, in Ivy League action. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m. at Harvard's Soldier Field Stadium.