The Fairfield University men’s soccer team (1-3-2) advanced their season on Tuesday, Sept. 24 with a 1-0 win against Army West Point (2-2-1) at Malek Stadium in West Point, N.Y.
The first half was primarily dominated by the Stags, who out shot Army 6-4. About halfway through the half, with the help of Colman Kim ‘23, Cooper Knecht ‘22 scored his first goal of the season, giving the Stags the lead.
Throughout the rest of the half Jonathon Filipe ‘20, Kheireddine Kourdassi ‘20, Matt McGlinchey ‘21 and Marcus Nordgard ‘20 were able to maintain steady pressure on Army, keeping the ball on their side of the field.
Still holding onto the lead going into the second half, Fairfield played a defensively formidable 45 minutes against a relentless West Point team.
Army outshot Fairfield 8-4 in the second half, six of which were saved by Fairfield junior goalkeeper Gordon Botterill.
Botterill did not put up the fight alone. The strong Fairfield defense was composed of Cormack Pike ‘22, Jonas Vergin ‘21 and Daniel Raimondo ‘23 who fought hard to give Botterill his well deserved shutout.
Knecht’s first half goal secured the 1-0 win for Fairfield University.
Army was led offensively by Keenan O’Shea, Oscar Pereira and Bradley Schweickert who managed to outshoot Fairfield 12-10 throughout the 90 minutes of regulation time.
Goalie Justin Stoll stood strong in net for West Point and was supported by D’Anthony Brown, Zac McGraw and Eric Whiteman.
Tuesday’s win has advanced Fairfield’s record to 2-3-2.
The Stags will play their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game at home after a week long break on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. on their own Lessing Field in Fairfield, Conn.
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