Robert Morris upsets No. 2 Hannibal-LaGrange
By: Tom Czop, Robert Morris Sports Information Director
Arlington Heights, Ill. – The Robert Morris Men’s Soccer team upset second-ranked Hannibal-LaGrange University by the score of 1-0 on Saturday, September 14th at Morris Field in Arlington Heights. This was the second straight year that the Eagles upset the Trojans when they were ranked within the top 10 after defeating Hannibal-LaGrange 3-2 in overtime in 2012 when they were ranked eighth in the NAIA Top 25 Poll. The victory raised the Eagles’ record to 2-2 on the season.
The Eagles applied pressure throughout the first half, outshooting Hannibal-LaGrange 9-3 and forcing goalkeeper Logan Miller to make four saves to keep the game scoreless at the half. RMU All America Honorable Mention forward Gordy Gurson was active in the offensive third but unable to slip one past Miller in the opening stanza. Jose Garofalo made two saves for the Eagles in the first half as the game remained scoreless at the break.
Gurson’s hard work finally paid off in the 53rd minute, when he was able to beat Miller from 12 yards out to put the Eagles up 1-0 on an assist from Bobby Hurwitz. The goal was Gurson’s team-leading seventh of the season. The Eagles almost made it 2-0 just seconds later but Patryk Ruta’s shot was blocked in front of the Trojans’ goal.
RMU kept up the pressure on the second-ranked Trojans, outshooting them 13-6 in the second half and 22-9 in the game. Logan Miller made five saves to keep the Trojans in the game and Jose Garofalo made three to earn the upset win and his first shut-out of 2013.
The Eagles will host Davenport University on Wednesday, September 18th at 6pm at Morris Field and fans can listen to the game live at www.eaglesportsnetwork.com.