Emmitsburg, Md. (October 26, 2018) – Riccardo Rota's 87th-minute goal propelled Robert Morris to a 2-1 victory over Mount St. Mary's on Friday night in Northeast Conference men's soccer action at Waldron Family Stadium.
Robert Morris took the advantage in the 22nd minute on Christopher Coridon's first goal of the season. After splitting a pair of Mount defenders in the corner, Coridon attempted to cross it into the middle, but it was blocked. The loose ball found its way back to Coridon, who curled a shot from six yards away with the outside of his foot just inside the left post to give the Colonials the lead.
The Mountaineers were able to even the score with just under five minutes remaining in the half. Jonathan Godette streaked the down the sideline and sent a cross into the box, where a Colonial defender was called for a handball, resulting in a penalty kick for Mount St. Mary's. Godette fooled RMU goalie Winter Fondi with a chip shot down the middle on the penalty kick to even the match at 1-1. The goal was Godette's second of the season.
The score remained deadlocked at 1-1 through the majority of the second half until the Colonials struck for the go-ahead goal as the clock ticked under four minutes remaining. Zac Sherman connected on a header off a cross into the box, but Mount goalie Bobby Edwards turned away the attempt with a nice diving save. Rota was waiting on the doorstep and one-timed the rebound into the back of the net to give RMU the 2-1 advantage with 3:57 showing on the clock.
The Mount wasn't able to find the equalizer in the final minutes of play, as RMU went on for the 2-1 victory. With the loss the Mount was knocked out of playoff contention, dropping to 2-9-4 overall and 1-4-2 in NEC play. The Colonials improved to 5-10-1 on the year and 3-4 in league play with the win to stay in the playoff hunt.
Robert Morris outshot the Mount 15-8 in the match, and held a 7-2 advantage on corners.
The Mount heads to St. Francis Brooklyn for the regular season finale on Sunday, November 4 at 1 p.m.