October 5, 2013


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Le Moyne Dolphins Sports Network | Men's Soccer vs. Franklin Pierce

Game highlights from Saturday's 1-0 victory over Franklin Pierce at Ted Grant Field.

Syracuse, N.Y. – Junior back Keleenna Onyeaka (Birmingham, England/Solihull Sixth Form College/Felician) scored the game's only goal as the Le Moyne College men's soccer team defeated Franklin Pierce University, 1-0, on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action at Ted Grant Field.

Following a Franklin Pierce foul near midfield, junior back Cal Filtch (Marcellus, N.Y./Marcellus) sent the free kick in front of the goal. Onyeaka headed the ball down to his feet, spun to his left and fired a shot inside the right post for his fourth goal of the season with 10:04 remaining in the first half.

After each team took three shots in the first 28 minutes of the second half, the Ravens turned up their offensive pressure. Forward Dallas Donovan had a breakaway with 16 and one-half minutes left in the contest, but senior goalkeeper Matthew Silva (Brampton, Ontario/St. Augustine) came off his line and made a kick save on Donovan's shot towards the far right post. Gareth Dudney had a free kick from 25 yards out with 6:42 left, but kicked it directly at Silva, who easily snared the ball out of the air. Franklin Pierce's final opportunity came with just over three minutes remaining in the game. After Pedro Espindola had his shot from 12 yards out blocked by a Le Moyne defender, Casey Schehl had a shot from eight yards out on the left side of the penalty box, but Silva punched the ball away to keep the Ravens off the scoreboard.

Silva finished the game with five saves to earn his 31st career win between the pipes, which tied Craig Palleschi '02 for fourth on the program's all-time chart. The shutout, the 23rd of Silva's career, moves Silva within two of the program's all-time record. Sam Meza registered two saves in the loss for the Ravens. Each team recorded 12 shots, while Franklin Pierce posted an 11-4 advantage in corner kicks, including a 9-1 mark in the second half.

Le Moyne (6-3, 4-2 NE-10), which snapped a five-game losing streak to Franklin Piece over the last three years after going 3-0 against the Ravens during the 2009 season, returns to action on Tuesday against the University of New Haven at 3:00 p.m.