Dowling Holds off Franklin Pierce Men's Soccer Team, 4-2, in Fleet Classic

Worcester, Mass. (September 1, 2000)-- Franklin Pierce dropped a 4-2 decision to the Dowling College Golden Lions in the season opener for both teams at the Assumption Fleet Soccer Classic II being hosted by Assumption College.

Franklin Pierce controlled the pace early, scoring 20 minutes into the game on a chip shot by Chris Schwarz (Babenhausen, Germany). Assisting on the goal was Pat Teague (West Haven, Conn.)

Dowling had plenty of opportunities with four early corner kicks and a number of breakaways, but Franklin Pierce goalkeeper Rob Scholz (Schenectady, N.Y.) made a number of fine stops in net to keep his side ahead before Dowling struck for two quick goals.

Dowling captain Mossa Sy (Guinea) scored twice, in the 27th minute and in the 37th minute, to give the Golden Lions the lead for good. A third first half goal, by Mesut Karatuna (Gunea), two minutes before the half left the Ravens looking up from a 3-1 deficit.

Franklin Pierce closed the gap to 3-2 and gained the momentum with a goal by Travis Tate (Detroit, Mich.) in the 73rd minute of action. Tate deflected a tremendous pass from Radek Majkowski (Montreal, Canada) passed a diving Dowling defender and over the keeper.

However, 14 minutes later, Sy struck again with a blast from in front of the Franklin Pierce net, for the final margin.

Franklin Pierce will return to action on Sunday when they play Mercyurst college at 12:00. Dowling will play the host, Assumption College at 2:00.

Teams (Record) 1 2 OT OT Final
Franklin Pierce (0-1) 1 1 - - 2
Dowling (1-0) 3 1 - - 4

Scoring Summary

Team Period Scorer Assists Time
FPC 1 Schwarz, Chris Teague, Pat 20:43
DOW 1 Sy, Moussa -- 27:15
DOW 1 Sy, Moussa Karatuna, Mesut 37:00
DOW 1 Karatuna, Mesut Vertullo, Frank 43:27
FPC 2 Tate, Travis Majkowski, Radek 73:37
DOW 2 Sy, Moussa Yarde, Paul 87:43


FPC: Rob Scholz 4 Saves, 90 Min
DOW: Mervin Shade: 6 Saves, 90 Min

1st Half Stats:
Score: Franklin Pierce Dowling
Shots on Goal: Franklin Pierce 2 Dowling 7
Total Shots: Franklin Pierce 4 Dowling 7
Corner Kicks: Franklin Pierce 0 Dowling 5
Fouls: Franklin Pierce 3 Dowling 2
Cautions: Franklin Pierce 0 Dowling 0

Game Stats:
Score: Franklin Pierce Dowling
Shots on Goal: Franklin Pierce 8 Dowling 7
Total Shots: Franklin Pierce 9 Dowling 12
Corner Kicks: Franklin Pierce 3 Dowling 7
Fouls: Franklin Pierce 7 Dowling 9
Cautions: Franklin Pierce: FPC, Brilliant, Felix; Dowling none

Starting Lineup: Franklin Pierce
D: Koschnitzky, Wolfgang
D: Lindsay, Paul
D: Teague, Pat
D: Yanmaz, Tolga
M: Gordon, Richard
M: D'Angelo, Dan
M: Majkowski, Radek
F: Tate, Travis
F: Brilliant, Felix
F: Schwarz, Chris
G: Scholz, Rob
Marino, Tony
Starting Lineup: Dowling
D:Vittorato, Jose
D: Erisken, Suleyman
D: Karatuna, Mesut
D: Doramourdou, Leonard
M: Toure, Mohamed
M: Sy, Moussa
M: Vertullo, Frank
F: Haba, Georges
F: Desinor, Jude
F: Navarro, Alfred
G: Shade, Mervin