Medaille College’s Men’s Soccer Program embarked on their first-ever Alumni match on Sunday, April 20. With perfect weather, the match kicked off at about 12 p.m. at All-High Stadium, the Maverick soccer program's home field.
The crowd was there for an exciting match and the alumni and current players did not disappoint. The match started off fast, and the young Medaille team got on the board first when junior Jared Reisdorf ripped a one-timer past former goalkeeper Craig Yanni to make it 1-0. The goal was assisted by freshman Chris Waclawski. The lead would be short lived as Jacob Reisdorf inadvertently handled the ball (maybe thinking he was still playing basketball), resulting in a spot kick for the alumni team. The 12 yard free shot would be converted by the alumni team captain Andrew Larracuente.
The current Medaille squad regained the lead about 5 minutes later when a defensive miscue by the alumni ended up with the foot at freshman Jason Butterbrodt, who placed it nicely in the back of the net. Jason would strike ten minutes later when alumni goalkeeper Matthew Casper errantly passed a ball to Jason in front of the goal and Jason bent the ball around Casper for the 3-1 lead. The current Medaille squad upped its lead to 4-1 when Jacob Reisdorf converted a rebounded shot by Eric Schnirel. The play started with a great ball from Steven DeGroff, who will be playing for the alumni next year. The initial shot was stopped in spectacular form by Yanni, but he could not recover quickly enough to stop the nice shot by Reisdorf.
The alumni had a mere two goal lead when a beautiful shot by Matt Carlson, a former all-conference great, placed a ball into the back the net. The last goal of the game was a spectacular effort by Eric Schnirel beating a couple of Alumni defenders and placing the ball past Yanni. The alumni team would really put a lot of pressure on the current squad the rest of the match, but would be unable to convert their attempts.
Overall the current team outshot the alumni 22-8, but the alumni would hold a 4-2 favor in corner kicks. Alumni goalkeepers Craig Yanni and Matthew Casper would combine to make 10 saves. The alumni squad featured 18 former greats and they are hoping for even more next year!