Fordham Men's Soccer Falls to Adelphi 2-1

September 19, 2011

The Fordham men's soccer team closed out a five-game-road trip on Sunday as they fell to Adelphi, 2-1 in a game played in Garden City, New York. Rams' freshman, Jack-Tim Murphynetted his first collegiate goal.

Neither team had a good scoring opportunity in the first ten minutes of action, but the Panthers broke through for the game's first goal in the 13th minute. On the scoring chance, Domenico Parrelli chipped a pass in the midfield to Issa Tall, who got through two defenders and beat Ryan Meara, to give Adelphi a 1-0 lead.

After the go-ahead score Fordham had a couple of chances to get even. In the 20th minute, Matt Courtenay let a shot fly that Panthers' goalie, Christopher Herrera caught for the save. Nine minutes later, Tim Richardson got his head on the ball, but Herrera parried the attempt once again.

The deficit grew to 2-0 just past the half hour mark when Brandon Stoneham blasted a shot from 30 yards out for the second tally of the game. Richardson took another shot in the closing seconds of the half, but Herrera recorded the save once again, and the Rams trailed 2-0 heading into halftime.

Fordham finally got on the board early in the second half. In the 52nd minute, and after a pair of John Niyonsaba shots that were deflected in front of the goal, Jack-Tim Murphy deposited the loose ball in the back of the net to bring the Rams within 2-1, and record his first career goal.

Less than three minutes later, Fordham had a prime scoring chance to even the score when the Panthers committed a foul in the box, giving the Rams a penalty shot. On the ensuing kick, Herrera made the save and solidified the 2-1 edge. Adelphi held on and won by that same 2-1 mark.

 

 
 

With the loss, Fordham evened its record at 3-3, while the Panthers improved to 1-3. Niyonsaba and Richardson each had three shots on goal, and Richardson totaled five shots in all. Niyonsaba earned an assist on the Murphy tally and Meara made five saves in the loss and allowed his first two markers of the season.

The Rams return to action on Wednesday, September 21, when they welcome Marist to Jack Coffey Field. The game time is slated for 7:00 P.M.

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