Men’s soccer eliminated in first round of PSAC playoffs

Bret Pallotto
Sports Editor
bmp6070@lhup.edu
Photo courtesy of Tim Barnhart
Photo courtesy of Tim Barnhart

Four years and one day after being eliminated by Bloomsburg in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), the Lock Haven University men’s soccer team had a chance to avenge that defeat.

Bloomsburg, however, had different plans as they defeated LHU 2-1 in double-overtime.

Austin Transue of Bloomsburg got the scoring started in the 18th minute with his 12th goal of the season. A shot from 20 yards out slipped into the lower left corner of the net. The Bald Eagle defense tightened up the rest of the first half and kept the deficit at one heading into halftime.

Out of the half, the Bloomsburg offense continued to pepper LHU goalie, Troy Teresak with shots. Lock Haven, however, began to gain momentum in the 71st minute. Thirteen minutes later, junior Troy Amspacher netted the equalizer off a pass from senior Jacob Oldaker. The goal was Amspacher’s ninth of the season.

The first of two overtime periods came and went without either side conceding a goal. Then, four minutes into the second overtime, Transue scored the game-winner for the Huskies of Bloomsburg. The dynamic playmaker came into the contest second in the PSAC in points, goals and game-winning goals.

Photo courtesy of Tim Barnhart
Photo courtesy of Tim Barnhart

The Lock Haven defense was anchored all game by the play of Teresak. Bloomsburg finished with 21 shots; 11 of which were on goal. The sophomore ended with eight saves which was his second most in a game all season. He previously had nine against Roberts Wesleyan and California (Pa.).

In the defeat, Tyler Weikert was one of nine Bald Eagles to play all 104 minutes who the junior midfielder was the team’s ironman all season long. He played 1,728 minutes out of a possible 1,755 minutes, or 99 percent.

Head coach Doug Moore and his team finish the season with a 7-11-1 overall record.

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