Tyler Swanbeck, Jake Feiner and Kingsford Adjei (left to right) celebrate during the Flyers’ 2-0 win Monday night at Baujan Field. Photo courtesy of UD Athletics.
Kassidy Meiszberg | Sports Staff Writer
The Dayton Flyers men’s soccer team played a great game Monday night against Detroit Mercy, winning 2-0 at Baujan Field.
The Flyers started off equally-matched with the Titans, each team having a lot of chances to score in the first half. Forwards for both teams had a lot of opportunities in the box, but Detroit managed to hold their ground defensively.
Both sides were very aggressive off the bat, with fouls called consistently throughout the game, including two yellow cards. Dayton had good communication and was able to get the ball back quickly, but they went into halftime tied at zero.
The half ended with Detroit having more corner kicks and shots on goal overall. Both teams had strong defense, but senior Elias Harryson specifically stood out as a quick and dominant defender.
Despite a slow start for Dayton, the second half began with tight defense by both teams. The Flyers spent a lot of time trying to break down Detroit’s defense, and were getting lucky as the Titans kept losing their feet with small mistakes.
The Dayton men had better ball movement as time ran out, and were able to get closer and closer on each attempt.
With only 13 minutes remaining, senior midfielder Jake Feiner had a great kick to the back right corner and scored the first goal. Soon after, a foul was called on Detroit resulting in a penalty kick for star senior Kingsford Adjei.
The midfielder/forward used the prime opportunity to score a second goal for Dayton with only 10 minutes left, securing their fourth win in the streak against Detroit Mercy. Overall, Dayton was able to effectively break through the Mercy defense in the second half.
“I thought it was a really gritty performance from our guys coming off an emotional win on Friday,” head coach Dennis Currier said. “We knew we were going to have to play through that. In the first half, I thought we were stale. They did a good job defensively, shutting down our top guys. I thought the second half, we controlled the whole time. We found a great goal with the dummy and a nice shot in the side netting. That kind of opened the game up and we took control of everything.”
With a 3-0-1 record, the men’s soccer team continues their successful run at home against Western Michigan this Friday at 5 p.m.