Lakers Escape with 2-0 Win at UU
URBANA, Ohio (October 13, 2012) - In a key matchup between teams fighting for a regional tournament bid, the visiting Mercyhurst University Lakers escaped Urbana University with an important 2-0 win on Saturday afternoon.
Entering the game with identical 7-4-1 records, the teams played to an even draw in the first half. Urbana had several opportunities to break the game open, but Laker keeper Diego Gustin made a couple of fantastic saves on blasts by Tyler Wason, Carl Peers and Evan Burkholder.
With the wind at their backs, the visitors broke the tie just 7 minutes into the second half. Alex Manea passed the ball back to an open Fernando Martinez who blasted it just below the crossbar for the game's first goal. It came on the Lakers' third shot on goal in the game.
Martinez added an insurance goal on a Blue Knight defensive breakdown in the 79th minute. After the UU turnover, Martinez juked the keeper and tapped the ball into the empty net.
Urbana hosts its fourth straight home game on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. Regional rival Ohio Dominican makes the trip to UU Stadium for an important matchup between teams fighting for a regional tournament bid.