Eagles Shutout by Bard

Griffin Shelor (1) prepares to launch a kick to his forwards.
Griffin Shelor (1) prepares to launch a kick to his forwards.

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. - The Green Mountain College men's soccer team gave itself a chance early through some excellent goaltending from Griffin Shelor, but was unable to strike for a goal and ultimately tired down the stretch in a 5-0 loss to Bard College on Saturday. 

The Raptors (3-1) opened the day with a golden chance, as Brendan Byrne earned a penalty kick in the 10th minute following a Green Mountain (0-2) foul in the box.

Byrne, however, was denied on the attempt, as Eagles' goalie, Griffin Shelor (Ceder Park, TX) guessed correctly and punched the ball away diving to his right and then the carom was cleared by the defense. 

Following the saved penalty, Bard's offense really began to find its rhythm. The Raptors created numerous chances to break the deadlock, but Shelor was called upon to make save after save for the visitors to keep the score tied at 0-0. 

Bard finally broke through in the 33rd minute thanks to Jackson Barratt Heitmann. The senior collected a loose ball in the box following a Raptors' cross and first-timed it past the keeper into the right side of goal to give Bard the lead, where it would remain entering halftime. 

Right before the halftime whistle, an incident happened that resulted in each team having a player receive a red card, meaning the entire second half would be 10 versus 10. 

The extra space and the fact that Green Mountain had no subs to enter the game really opened things up for Bard over the final 45 minutes.

The Raptors proceeded to score four second half goals en route to the victory.

Logan Leppo made a save and collected the win in his first ever collegiate action for Bard, while Shelor finished with 14 saves for Green Mountain.

Total shots in the game heavily favored Bard, as the hosts outshot the Eagles, 49-6. 

Up next for the Eagles, a week of rest before the team opens up conference play on the road against Johnson State College on September 16th. Kick-off begins at 1 p.m.