The Lorain County Community College men’s soccer team’s dynamic offense and goalkeeping led the Commodores to defeat of the Mercyhurst University North East Campus 3-1 on October 25, 2017.
LCCC’s win against the Saints propelled them to a 5-7 record.
The Commodores offense was led by their strikers, Emeka Ogbonna and A.J. Williams in their 4-4-2 formation. The two were able to make off-ball runs and would make plays with their skill, more so with Ogbonna. He used unorthodox skill moves that made the spectators have “oohs’ and “awes” while opening goalscoring opportunities for him and his teammates.
Many of LCCC’s opportunities came from the counterattack after the defense made stops and transitioned the ball from the backline up to the attackers to do their thing.
It took less than 20 minutes for the Commodores to score their first of three goals. Williams received a through ball from Ogbonna and was able to get the ball past the keeper for the score. It was a goal the was inevitable to come, because LCCC set the tone early by having Ogbonna making defenders miss by using speed, skill, or both before being able to get a shot attempt off in the 12th minute.
Ogbonna’s goal happened moments before halftime taking onx multiple defenders and a goalkeeper.
“I saw the goalkeeper coming,” Ogbonna said when reflecting on his only goal of the game. “I’m like: he’s not ready. So I kicked the ball.” The ball slowly went to the back of the net to make the score 2-0.
Williams scored another goal in the beginning of the second half that came from a shot that was parried by the Saints’ goalkeeper; giving Williams a goal on a platter for the 3-0 lead.
Commodores goalkeeper Josh Piotrowski had never played the position before this year and he was almost able to keep a clean sheet, or shutout. His performance, according to Williams and Ogbanna was the most impressive. Piotrowski recorded multiple saves that could have resulted in goals for Mercyhurst. In the 36th minute, a Saints offensive player shot the ball from the left side with his right foot; trying to hit the back of the net on the opposite side of the field, but the shot was redirected, because of a diving save from Piotrowski. The save was good enough to blow Ogbonna’s mind.
Before the game was over, the Saints scrounged up a goal to make the score 3-1.
Piotrowski mentioned he wanted a clean sheet. “Getting scored on was a big stepback for me but I’ll take the win any day,” he said.
The last time these two teams faced was in mid-October and the Saints shutout the Commodores 4-0.