RMU men drop opener, 3-1, at Cleveland St

From Robert Morris Athletic Department Report

Despite an equalizing goal in the second half, the Robert Morris University men’s soccer team fell to Cleveland State in its season opener, 3-1, at Krenzler Field in Cleveland.

Neither Robert Morris (0-1-0, 0-0-0 NEC) nor Cleveland State (1-0-0, 0-0-0 Horizon League) had great chances in the first half, but that gave way to a frantic final 30 minutes where all four of the game’s goals were scored.

The Vikings’ Gabe Pewu opened the scoring in the 63rd minute after settling a pass in from Lawrence Kapreh.

Senior midfielder Bayley Winkel grabbed the tying goal in the 65th minute. Fellow fourth-year Keane McIvor played a quality ball over the top of the defense, leaving Winkel one-on-one with the keeper. He took his time, easily slotting it past the CSU netminder at the far post to make it 1-1.

12 minutes later, the hosts regained the lead thanks to a Noah Pio strike from 25 yards out. The Vikings added an insurance goal in the 84th minute courtesy of Kapreh.

Senior midfielder Jake Cooper generated a team-best three shots on the evening. Fourth-year goalkeeper Winter Fondi made nine saves in the defeat.

Robert Morris returns to Moon Township for its home opener on Sunday, Aug. 27 when it hosts St. Bonaventure at 3:00 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with the Colonials women’s soccer team.

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