Courtesy of NazAthletics.com
ROCHESTER, NY – Nazareth survived an extremely physical contest Saturday, downing Alfred 1-0 on a first half goal from Josh Crespo. The Golden Flyers were shown four yellow cards, while Alfred had two. In all, 28 fouls were called in the game.
Nazareth improves to 7-4-1 overall with the win and 3-1 in conference play, while Alfred drops to 3-7-1 and 2-1-1, respectively. The seven wins for Nazareth already exceeds the Golden Flyers 2016 mark of 6-8-1, with four games remaining in the regular season.
The Golden Flyers created several strong opportunities in the first half, beginning with Tristan Custer firing shot from 30-yards out, hitting the top of the crossbar in the fifth minute.
Shortly after, Crespo dribbled through several defenders and cranked a left-footed shot from inside the 18-yard box into the far post to give the Golden Flyers a 1-0 lead. Crespo led the Golden Flyers with three shots in the game.
Nazareth had seven shots in the half, including a Mitchell Fors header that forced Alfred goalkeeper Chris Gutierrez to make a difficult save.
It was 1-0 Nazareth at the break.
Nazareth’s Serkan Ozay had the best opportunity in the second half as he ripped a shot from 16-yards out that the Alfred goalkeeper pushed aside with 3:15 remaining.
Brian Wilkin recorded his fifth shutout of the season, making five saves in net.
Nazareth returns to action on Wednesday, traveling to Alfred State for a 7 p.m. showdown.