The West Chester Golden Rams men’s soccer team allowed three unanswered second period goals against PSAC Eastern Division rival Kutztown Saturday afternoon en route to its first loss of the season, 3-0. The men’s team, despite a strong first period showing in which the game remained scoreless, faltered in the second period after Kutztown controlled most of the action in Golden Rams territory. The Golden Rams managed to garner four shots on net, but were denied on each opportunity.At the 71:00 minute mark, Kutztown’s Collin Dalton found an open seam past Golden Rams goalkeeper Garrett Santoro to score the first goal of the game. Kutztown made it a 2-0 game ten minutes later with a goal from Greg Sassaman, and Bryce Slattery sealed the win with a third goal at 87:00 minutes.
The game, which one fan in attendance proclaimed might “generate into a rugby match”,
had its share of physical contact.
The Golden Rams lost sophomore Alex Inman in the first period after taking a hard kick in the leg from a Kutztown defender. Inman had to be carried off the field by members of the training staff. Later in the first period, senior Mark Lawrence limped off the field on his own power.
Saturday’s loss gives the Golden Rams a 2-1-1 overall record, and 1-1 in league play. Kutztown is now 1-3 in the new season.
In 2004, the Golden Rams posted an impressive 14-7-1 record after starting the year 0-3-1, and fell just short of a league title after losing to Lock Haven University in the PSAC Men’s Championship game last November. The team’s remarkable 14-win season climaxed with an upset over top seeded California (PA) in the semifinal round.
This season, the Golden Rams were successful early on with wins over Shippensburg and Wilmington(DE). The team’s lone tie came against UMass-Lowell on August 27.
Despite being shut-out on Saturday, the Golden Rams have tallied a total of three goals this season. Bill Harris, Josh Harris and Mike Pryor have each scored once. Ben Gotwald leads the team with one assist. In 2004, Bill andJosh Harris combined for nine goals and 22 points.
Senior Ryan Hunter, now in his fourth season, takes over as team captain this season. Kendall Walkes begins his 16th season as the men’s head coach. Walkes’ achievements include tying the school record for most wins in a season in 2004. He was also the first coach to lead the men’s soccer program to a PSAC Championship berth that year.
The Golden Rams will head to Old West Bury, NY to face NYIT before coming home next Saturday to host Slippery Rock on South Campus. Game time Saturday is at 1:30 p.m. and admission is free.