November 2, 2012
SIX STRAIGHT CLEAN SHEETS
FDU men shut down St. Francis, 2-0
TEANECK, N.J. – The Fairleigh Dickinson men took care of business with a 2-0 Northeast Conference victory over St. Francis (N.Y.) at a powerless University Stadium on Friday afternoon.
The Knights ran their unbeaten streak to nine games and improved to 9-4-4 and 6-0-3 while the Terriers concluded their seaon at 7-10-1 and 4-6-0.
With its sixth straight clean sheet and seventh in its last eight, FDU extended its shutout streak to 626 minutes.
The Knights' victory sets up a battle for first place on Sunday at Quinnipiac, which defeated Central Connecticut State, 2-1, on Friday. The game in Hamden, Conn. at 1 p.m. The Bobcats lead the conference with 22 points, while second-place FDU has 21. A victory by the Knights would give them the NEC regular season crown and the top seed in the NEC Tournament, which would take place at University Stadium next weekend.
“That was a good win against a very dangerous attacking team,” FDU coach Seth Roland said. “I thought we set the tone from the opening whistle and played particularly well in the first half. Jan [Aubert] and Miguel [Escobar] each scored nice goals, and we were solid defensively. We are eager to play Quinnipiac on Sunday for the NEC regular season title.”
The Knights took a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute on freshman Jan Aubert's fourth goal of the season. Freshman Simon Doherty found Aubert near the top of the penalty area and he found the back of the net in the bottom right corner.
Less than three minutes later, senior Antony Moore crossed the ball from the right side into the box where Doherty got a head on the ball to sophomore Miguel Escobar, who knocked it in for his first goal of the season for a 2-0 advantage.
Junior goalkeeper Jacob Lissek made a vital save. St. Francis took a free kick towards the goal in the 33rd minute, which resulted in a header at Lissek, who jumped and lunge dto his left to keep the ball from going in.
The Knights outshot the Terriers, 6-1, over the first 45 minutes and held a 4-0 advantage in corner kicks.
In the second half, the defense clamped down on both sides with the visitors taking the only two shots with Lissek making a save early on at close range.
FDU outshot St. Francis, which entered the match as the top NEC offensive team, 6-3, and shut out the Terriers for the first time since August.