Sept. 9 - BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College senior Aston Duporte (Toronto, Canada/R.H. King) and sophomore Trevis Villafana (Toronto, Canada/East York) had one goal and one assist each to lead the Bison men’s soccer team to a 3-0 victory over Lake Erie (Ohio) College on the final day of Bethany’s David “Fuzzy” Williams Memorial Classic.
Bethany (3-2), trying to rebound from a tough overtime loss on Saturday, got off to a slow start Sunday by not getting a shot in the first 10 minutes of play. Finally in the 20th minute, Villafana found the back of the net for a 1-0 advantage. Villafana put the rebound into the far right corner after Duporte’s shot was deflected by Lake Erie keeper Mike Loparo.
The Storm didn’t let the goal faze them for long as they almost tied the game four minutes later off a corner. Joe Starvaggi’s kick crossed in front of the goal mouth to find Phil Fisher, who placed the ball nearly out of the reach of diving Bison goalie Chad Perry (Pittsburgh, Pa./West Mifflin), but the junior keeper managed to knock the ball away. Ten minutes later, Perry saved another ball from crossing the line by stabbing a hard upper 90 shot by Alex Royko over the crossbar. The game would go into halftime with Bethany up 1-0.
Bethany lost no momentum heading into the second half, scoring within the first five minutes of play. The Bison’s second score came from sophomore Jason Straw (Cecil, Pa./Canon-McMillan), as he headed a long cross from Villafana past Loparo for his second goal of the season. With the cross, Villafana garnered his third assist on the year.
The Bison solidified their lead with an insurance goal in the 65th minute. Duporte struck a 25-yard laser into the lower right corner of the goal to cap the scoring.
The Storm came close to putting one on the board but Bethany’s freshman goaltender Ryan Whitehead (Wellsburg, W.Va./Brooke) made a diving save in the closing minutes to preserve the shutout. The diving save was Whitehead’s only one on the day, while Perry, who played into the 87th minute, stopped nine shots.
Leading Bethany in shots was Duporte with four, while Straw was close to him with three. Lake Erie, who outshot the Bison 19-14, was led in shooting by Starvaggi with four and Nick Teriaca with three. Storm goalie Loparo made five saves in the loss.
The first game between Muskingum (Ohio) College and Lebanon Valley (Pa.) College proved to be a nail biter, as the two teams battled for the lead throughout the game. Lebanon Valley (3-2) took the first half by a score of 2-1, but Muskingum (3-1) put the game away by scoring two goals in the final 45 minutes. Scoring the winning goal for Muskingum was freshman Heath Ziller with just under four minutes remaining in regulation.
Up next for the Bison is a home game against Marietta (Ohio) College on Wednesday at 4 p.m.