The Shepherd University men’s soccer team claimed one victory in their last two games thanks to a game-winning goal from senior midfielder Kyle Ransom. As of Sept. 27, the Rams had an overall record of 4-3-1 on the year while their 2-3 record against conference opponents was good enough for fourth out of eight teams in the Mountain East Conference men’s soccer standings.
On Tuesday, Sept. 23, the Rams rebounded from their previous game, a loss to Wheeling Jesuit, with a win over West Virginia Wesleyan. Just like Shepherd’s previous two games, there was limited offense and only one goal was scored in this match. Kyle Ransom scored off his own rebound with just seconds left in the first half to help lift the Rams to a 1-0 win over the Bobcats.
West Virginia Wesleyan had several chances to score in the second half but Shepherd prevented the Bobcats from tying the game courtesy of sound defense and four saves from goalkeeper Alex Aleshire. Furthermore, Ransom has now provided the game-winning goal in two of Shepherd’s four wins this season. The other game-winning goal dates back to Sept. 6 against East Stroudsburg
The Rams were unable to have any success against Notre Dame College (Ohio) on Sept. 27 and lost by the score of 3-0. Notre Dame’s first goal came early in the game at the 9:06 mark when Jacob Earnest scored off an assist from Ryan Ware. They added an insurance goal prior to halftime and increased their lead to 2-0 when Adam Mitchell scored on an assist from Martin Lange at the 35:54 mark. Ryan Ware tallied an unassisted goal in the 61st minute to give the Falcons a 3-0 advantage over the Rams. Shepherd managed just four shots throughout the entire game and only one of those was a shot on goal.
The Rams will travel to Lock Haven University on Sept. 30 before going to Urbana University on Oct. 5 for a Mountain East Conference matchup.