(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson men's soccer team improved to 3-1 on the season and finished 2-0 in the Brothers Pizza Blue Jay/Red Devil Classic over the weekend. The Red Devils used a strong second half to overtake visiting Ithaca College, 4-1, at Miller Memorial Field on Sunday.
For the second straight day, the Devils received strong play from a number of young players while four different goal scorers found the net on Sunday.
Ithaca capitalized with an early goal as Sean Forward was in the right place at the right time, redirecting a defensive clear into the Dickinson net, 12:10 into the match.
The Red Devils came out of halftime and started to really push the ball forward, applying constant pressure on the Bomber defense. Dickinson went in front, taking advantage of the lone corner of the match in the 56th minute.
Junior Jonathan Harper (Westwood, Mass./Westwood) served a great ball into the box and the head of Drew Carneal (Woodbine, Md./Sandy Springs Friends). Carneal redirected the ball at the goal but Ithaca goalkeeper Jordan Gentile made an outstanding save. The rebound went right to the foot of sophomore Danny Sheppard (Rydal, Pa./Abington), who put the ball in the back of the net for his third of the season.
Harper tallied his first collegiate goal, just four minutes later as the Red Devils built a brilliant run out of the middle of the field. Junior Alfred Hylton-Dei (Geneva, Switzerland/Mercersburg Academy) fed a nice pass to Sheppard, who ripped a shot from the top of the 18 yard box. Harper collected the rebound and scored to put the Devils on top, 3-1.
Senior George Naranjo (Mirimar, Fla./American Heritage-Delray) closed out the scoring with a beautiful free-kick from 30 yards out that sailed over the head of the keeper and into the net.
The Red Devils held a 19-9 advantage in shots as Gentile came away with eight saves on the afternoon.
Sophomore Jeremy Palcan (Park Ridge, Ill./St. Ignatius College Prep) made six saves to earn the win in the nets for Dickinson.
Sophomore Austin Thames (Frederick, Md./Urbana) played a strong match in the back and gave the Red Devils some quality chances on free kicks. First-year Macsen Pritchard (Tampa. Fla./Tampa Prep) anchored a solid defensive effort, earning the start at center back.
The Red Devils improve to 3-1 on the season. They return to action next Saturday, traveling to Alvernia University for a 4:00 pm match on Saturday.