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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Elizabethtown Picks Up Fifth Straight Victory with 3-1 Win Over Alvernia

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ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- Junior Matt Diller (Chambersburg, PA/Mercersburg Academy) scored a pair of second-half goals to boost Elizabethtown College to a 3-1 victory over Alvernia College in non-conference men's soccer action on Saturday night at Ira R. Herr Field.

Senior George Severini (Havertown, PA/Haverford) added a penalty-kick goal and assisted on the first goal by Diller as the Blue Jays (5-1-0 overall) earned their fifth consecutive victory and their seventh straight home win dating to last season.

Morgan Davidheiser scored on a header in the 56th minute for the Crusaders (1-5-0 overall), who were outshot 17-6 in the hard-fought contest, which saw the two squads combine for 37 fouls and eight yellow cards.

Severini gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead 19:32 into the match as he was taken down in the box and converted the ensuing penalty kick for his fifth goal of the season.

The 1-0 lead held until early in the second half, when Diller played a beautiful header off a Severini free kick past Alvernia keeper Richard Kessler to give the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead with 36:28 to play.

Just two minutes later, the Crusaders got on the scoreboard as a free kick by Tim Marcinek was headed home by Davidheiser to pull Alvernia within 2-1.

Diller added his second goal of the night and fifth of the season with 23:34 remaining as he took a pass from first-year student Andrew Filewicz (Wenonah, NJ/Northeast Catholic) and rifled home his fifth goal of the year to push the Elizabethtown lead to 3-1.

Junior Jeff Mullen (Horsham, PA/Hatboro-Horsham) moved to 5-0 on the season in goal for the Blue Jays by making two saves, while Kessler finsihed with seven stops for the Crusaders.

Alvernia (1-5-0) vs. Elizabethtown (5-1-0)
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Alvernia College.... 0 1 - 1
Elizabethtown Coll.. 1 2 - 3

1. 19:32 ETOWN George Severini (Penalty kick)
2. 53:32 ETOWN Matt Diller (George Severini)
3. 55:33 AC Morgan Davidheiser (Tim Marcinek)
4. 66:26 ETOWN Matt Diller (Andrew Filewicz)

Shots: Alvernia 6, Elizabethtown 17
Saves: Alvernia 7 (Richard Kessler 7), Elizabethtown 2 (Jeff Mullen 2)