Courtesy of NazAthletics.com
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Sophomore Dylan Rippe scored less than three minutes into the first overtime period for Nazareth Monday the break a scoreless deadlock and lift the Golden Flyers to a 1-0 men’s soccer victory over St. John Fisher on Nazareth’s artificial turf field.
The overtime game-winner came off an assist from freshman Cooper LaValley and boosted Nazareth’s record to 2-1 both overall and in Empire 8 Conference games. Fisher lost for the first time and dropped to 2-1 and 2-1.
Ninety minutes of hard-fought regulation play resulted in a scoreless stalemate in which scoring chances were few and far between. Each team had 10 shots in regulation and three corner kicks. Nazareth’s best scoring chance came early in the second half when a shot by Zein Mohamed was turned aside by Cardinals’ keeper Jadon Schlief, who finished with four saves.
Fisher had a chance with about 3:20 left in regulation when a blast from Matt Gentile was deflected away by Nazareth’s Trevor Clark, who made five saves for his second shutout.
The game-winner came in the 93rd minute as LaValley sent a through pass up the left wing for Rippe, who inched past the Fisher defense, took a couple of dribbles and sent a shot past Schlief, who had left his line in an attempt to cut down the angle. It was Rippe’s second goal of the season.
The Golden Flyers, playing an abbreviated six-game conference schedule this spring, are home again Friday to host Elmira at 7 p.m.