Beaver Falls, PA – It was a very unfamiliar sight on College Hill on Saturday. It is not often that the Geneva men’s soccer team is handed such a lopsided loss. The Golden Tornadoes watched Allegheny come into Beaver Falls for the home opener and score three first half goals on its way to a 3-0 victory at Reeves Field. Because of rainy conditions earlier in the day, the match was moved to Geneva’s turf field but the venue was the least of Geneva’s worries on Saturday night. The loss pushed Geneva’s record back to 2-2 on the young season.
Not much went Geneva’s way in the first 45 minutes as the Gators out shot Geneva 10-3 in the first stanza with three of those shots finding the back of the net. Allegheny scored goals in the fourth, 25th and 35th minutes to take a commanding first half lead. “We didn’t do much right in the first half,” said head coach Gary Dunda. “We have to pick up our intensity big time if we have any hopes of getting back to the level we had last year. We have a whole lot of work to do.”
Geneva’s energy level picked up in the second half but neither team was able to find the net on very limited offensive opportunities. Allegheny goalkeeper John Lichina posted the shut-out after making three saves in the match. Bryan Butler stopped seven shots and was handed his second loss of the season.
Geneva has a busy week at home next week with three matches on College Hill. The Golden Tornadoes welcome LaRoche on Monday, Carnegie Mellon on Wednesday and Lycoming next Saturday night.
Geneva College is a comprehensive Christian college of the arts, sciences and professional studies. Founded in the tradition of the Reformed Christian faith, Geneva prepares students to serve Christ in all areas of society: work, family and the church. Geneva College’s philosophy of education is based on the Foundational Concepts of Christian Higher Education. Geneva is a founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU).