The Yellow Jackets’ defense set the tone for Tuesday’s game as they defeated visiting Gannon University 2-0.
Cedarville took control of the game early, possessing the ball and advancing it frequently into the Golden Knights’ defensive third of the field. Just 13 minutes into the game, Cedarville scored its first goal, a strike to the bottom of the net by forward Christian Alexander. They continued to apply pressure for the rest of the first half, but were unable to add to their lead before the break.
Coming out of halftime, Cedarville picked up right where it had left off: the Golden Knights’ side of the field. The Jackets kept it there nearly the entire half and had several chances to score but kept coming up short until the 81st minute.
Connor Gilmour drew the Gannon keeper out to the right side of the box and chipped the ball over him to the middle of the box. Ethan Lee tried to head the ball into the open net, but he missed, high bouncing the ball off the top post. Luckily, the ball bounced to Connor Scott who headed it into the net.
The shutout is the second straight for the Yellow Jackets. They’ve surrendered only four goals in their seven matches. The defense continued to dominate, allowing only three shots on goal, one of which was a desperation shot from midfield as time expired.
Cedarville (4-1-2) (1-0-1 GMAC) goes on the road this Saturday to Erie, Pennsylvania to face Mercyhurst before returning home for a double header with the women on Oct. 2 against conference opponent Ohio Valley.
Tyler Greenwood is a sophomore mechanical engineering major and a sports reporter for Cedars.