Lycoming men’s soccer falls 1-0 in Battle of the Boot

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SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Lycoming College men’s soccer team dropped its first match on the season on Wednesday night, Sept. 10, falling 1-0 against Susquehanna in the annual Battle of the Boot.

The Warriors (2-1-1) struggled to get good looks at the net, posting just four shots in the contest and registering no shots on goal. Susquehanna (4-0) peppered in 15 shots, including five shots on goal.

Junior Goalkeeper David Bald (Annapolis, Md.) was credited with four saves, including an impressive save with just under 15:00 minutes to play. Bald made a stretching save on a blast from one of the Crusader forwards that looked like it would be a goal.

Lycoming capitalized on the momentum created by the save, generating several offensive attacks over the next five minutes before Susquehanna’s Jim Robertiello snuck a slow-rolling ball past Bald and into the right corner of the net in the 81st minute to secure the Crusaders fifth-consecutive win in the rivalry game.

The Warriors return home this Saturday, Sept. 13, for a 1 p.m. matchup with Franklin & Marshall. The game is scheduled to be aired by ESPN Radio WLYC, which will broadcast the game on 104.1 FM and 1050 AM in Lycoming County and live on the internet via a free Web stream.

Battle of the Boot Fan Supremacy Cup is a success

In an effort to promote the rivalry between the students of each school , Lycoming’s sports information office teamed with the Susquehanna athletic communications office to hold a halftime promotion at Wednesday night’s game. Both teams’ sports information representatives threw out t-shirts and other merchandise and a competition was held on the field between students of each school.

Four students from each school, two male and two female, were invited onto the field for a chance to win the Battle of the Boot Fan Supremacy Cup, a trophy that will remain with the winners each year. Each team had an equal number of chances to score a goal from midfield. Susquehanna edged Lycoming 2-1 to earn the inaugural cup.

“I spoke with Robert Heal at Susquehanna about doing something fun during halftime to keep the students and fans entertained and keep the energy up,” said Jon Holtz, Lycoming’s sports information director. “We knew the students would really get into a rivalry like that and it ended up getting even more rowdy than we thought. It worked well and I think all the fans in attendance will be looking forward to it continuing in the future.”

Each year a new promotion will be held during halftime of the Battle of the Boot.

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