The Cedarville men’s soccer team fell to a talented Slippery Rock Saturday night, 5-2. Turnovers in the mid-field and fouls hurt the Jackets throughout the game.
Cedarville had 16 fouls and two yellow cards contrasted with seven fouls and one yellow card against Slippery Rock. The game started out well for the Jackets. Junior Connor Gilmour scored on a header in the seventh minute and Cedarville looked to be in control.
But the momentum quickly swayed to Slippery Rock. They scored three goals in the next 25 minutes. The rest of the half, though, was evenly matched with each team possessing and trying to find holes in the other’s defense. Towards the end of the first half, junior forward Christian Alexander nearly put a beautiful ball in the back of the net. He beat a defender and the goalie to the ball which landed inside the 18-yard box, but another defender kicked it out of play before it crossed the goal line.
The action intensified in the second half. The Yellow Jackets dominated possession and worked the ball around skillfully. As the half wore on, however, Slippery Rock began to run onto well struck through balls and use their skill to wear down Cedarville’s strong defense.
In the 74th minute, Slippery Rock got into the box and drew a penalty kick. Junior goalkeeper Ethan Dewhurst nearly saved the attempt, but the ball got through, essentially putting the game out of reach. The Yellow Jackets continued to fight and had a couple more chances, but Slippery Rock scored once more on a breakaway. Connor Gilmour tallied another goal in the 86th minute, his ninth of the season.
The Yellow Jackets (7-3-2) (3-0-1 GMAC) play their next game at Alderson Broaddus on Oct. 15 at 5 p.m.
Byron Brown is a junior global business major and sports reporter for Cedars. He plays for the JV basketball team here at Cedarville. His hobbies include playing sports, exercising, watching sports, eating and watching movies.