Lock Haven's Luca Zannoni first career-goal stuns No. 9 Millersville in DII soccer
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Freshman Luca Zannoni scored his first collegiate goal in the 29th minute and it proved to be the difference for the Lock Haven University men's soccer team as the Bald Eagles upset ninth-ranked and previously unbeaten Millersville University (6-1-1, 2-1-0), 1-0 in huge Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference match.
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The win moved LHU to 5-2-3 overall and pushed the Bald Eagles to 3-1-1 in PSAC action. Lock Haven also remained unbeaten at home on the season at 4-0-2.
The win also marked the first over perennial PSAC and NCAA Division II regional power Millersville since 2011. Ironically enough it's also the last time LHU downed a top-15 team. Lock Haven's last win over a top-10 team came in 2005.
Overall, it was a balanced match that featured two of the PSAC and region's top teams this season. LHU finished with a slight 11-10 advantage in shots, while Millersville held an 8-7 advantage in corners.
Throughout the 90-minute battle, the LHU defensive unit proved to be calm, organized and most importantly effective. Leading the way was rookie Chase Tackett.
Despite the lone goal coming from Zannoni, the two teams combined for several quality chances. LHU goalkeeper Troy Teresak finished with four saves and his Millersville counterpart Darian McCauley made five stops.
Last time @LHUMSOC knocked off a ranked opponent was 2011 (#13 Millersville) and last time it was a top 10 opponent was 2005 (#9 ESU)!— Haven Athletics (@HavenAthletics) September 27, 2017
Millersville pressured Lock Haven early, but the Bald Eagles took control shortly after the midway portion of the opening half.
The Haven goal all started thanks to strong midfield play from Ben Wilson, who won a 50-50 play at midfield. Wilson sent the ball down the line to Beckham Sibiski, who ran onto the pass behind the MU defenders. Sibiski and Zannoni had a two-on-one breakaway, and Sibiski slotted the ball across to a wide open Zannoni, who calmly tucked the ball home.
Zannoni almost made it 2-0 in the 63rd minute when he drilled a volley toward net, but McCauley was on the spot and made an impressive stop.
Teresak kept LHU in it in the second half as he was called up on to make several tough saves.
Millersville didn't go away and threw everything at Lock Haven in the final 10 minutes of the match.
With just a minute left, the Bald Eagles almost put it away with an insurance goal, but again McCauley came up big.
In the end, Zannoni's first career goal was all Lock Haven needed to upset the Marauders.
LHU gets a crack at another nationally-ranked team on Saturday, Sept. 30 as the Bald Eagles head to No. 22 West Virginia Wesleyan at 4 p.m. ET.