Article by Brigitte Rec
Photo Courtesy of Gabe Umland
The stands at Kerr Stadium were echoing with students as pink skies set over the Roanoke men’s soccer home opener on Friday, September 2. Falling one goal short from tying with Messiah College, the Roanoke Maroons closed the match with a 2-1 loss against the Pennsylvania team.
Keeping an even, back and forth game in the first half, the Messiah Falcons broke the tedious tension when Roanoke’s defense failed to clear the ball out of their penalty box, which was captured by Messiah’s forward, Colby Thomas. Twenty-three minutes through the first half, the Falcons led the game 1-0 after Thomas placed the ball in the back of the net.
As the Maroons continued much of the game in defensive mode, the second ball to go past Roanoke keeper, Nick Tadros, didn’t come until the second half, fifty-five minutes through the game. Following a save from Tadros in goal, the ball rebounded to Messiah’s midfielder Kirby Robbins who, after a few touches, rocketed the ball deep into the left corner of the net. Falling behind 2-0, Roanoke finally had their chance for glory with eleven seconds left in the match. All eyes on the scoreboard’s clock, Roanoke’s midfielder, Fortune Sibanda, blasted the ball from midfield to the center of Messiah’s penalty box, where forward Cole Thorton met the ball with his head placing it beyond the Falcon’s goalkeeper.
The game ended with a 2-1 victory for the Messiah Falcons and a picture perfect goal for Roanoke’s offense. Next home soccer game will be held Saturday, September 17th as the Maroons versus Mary Washington at Kerr Stadium.