SOUTHFIELD, Mich.- The Lawrence Technological University (Mich.) men's soccer team defeated Aquinas College (Mich.) in the LTU Athletic field with a score of 4-0. The Blue Devil defense played an excellent game, as they only allowed the Saints to have one shot. LTU outshoot the Aquinas 24-1, with 14 shots in the first half and 10 in the second. The Blue Devils that scored were Michael Avila (JR/Toronto, Ontario, Canada), Chris Serwatka(SR/Troy, Mich), Ryan Resendes (Windsor, Ontario, Canada), and Matthew Sherman(SO/Pinckney, Mich.).
The Blue Devils had most of the ball possession during the 90-minute game and played a very intense game since the beginning of the match. During the first half, the LTU was very close to score as they had four shots on goal. The Blue Devils had 10 corner kicks throughout the 90 minutes, six in the first half and four in the second.
The Blue Devils scored the first goal of the game in the 53rd minute when Avila headed the ball off a corner kick served by Sean Humphries (FR/Benoni, South Africa). Three minutes later, goalkeeper Joseph Liblong was unsuccessful in saving a shot from Serwatka, with which he scored his sixth goal of the season. Serwatka was assisted by Nicolas Rodriguez-Bermejo (JR/Madrid, Spain) to give LTU the 2-0 lead. One minute later, Resendes scored with a shot from 25 yards out after receiving an assist from Rodriguez-Bermejo, who is now the player with most assists so far this season. In the 65th minute, Humphries had the opportunity to amplify the Blue Devil advantage in the scoreboard with a penalty kick, but goalkeeper Liblong saved the shot. Sherman scored his first goal of the season after receiving an assist from Jake Rajewski (JR/Midland, Mich.) and gave the Blue Devils the final lead of 4-0.
Lawrence Tech asked Head Coach Will Dyer for his thoughts on the game. Here is what he had to say about the match:
"I think it took us a little bit to get on the game and get on our rhythm of play. We were a little unlucky to score since we created some chances. The second half was a lot better, scored early and played with more confidence. Now we [will] get ready for a very good Cleary [University] squad".
The Blue Devils will be back in action on October 6 against Cleary University (Mich.) at the LTU Athletic Field. The match is scheduled to start at 4:00 PM.