Chicago, Ill. – The Roosevelt men's soccer team battled back from an early 2-0 deficit to level its crosstown tilt with Moody Bible on Tuesday evening, only to watch as the host Archers tallied six goals in the final 33 minutes in an 8-3 triumph over the Lakers.
The setback spoiled the first career multi-goal match for freshman Andrew Obamaly. The rookie found the back of the net in the 38th and 52nd minute for Roosevelt (1-3-3), marking his team-best second and third goals of the season. Sophomore Erik Ramirez tallied his first goal in a Lakers uniform in the 58th minute when he directed a ball past Moody Bible keeper DJ McCoil from 40 yards out.
Sophomore Jacob Persson was a one-man wrecking crew for the Archers (6-1), scoring four goals in the match.
Persson staked Moody Bible to an early 2-0 lead with tallies in the 14th and 35th minute. Put on its heels, Roosevelt didn't buckle, thanks to a spark provided by Obamaly. He came off the bench with nine minutes left in the first half and found the back of the net just 90 seconds later, beating a pair of defenders on a run down the left side and then skipping the ball past the keeper into the far right corner of the net.
It was a similar run by Obamaly just six minutes into the second half that eventually evened the score at 2-2. Obamaly outworked defenders along the left side, slipping through along the goal line, and despite a limited angle tucked the ball just inside the right post.
Momentum seemed to be favoring Roosevelt when Persson struck again in the 58th minute to put Moody Bible back in front, 3-2. Less than a minute later the Archers delivered a demoralizing blow to the Lakers. A free kick served into the goal mouth by junior Ethan Montesinos from just inside the midfield stripe carried over the head of Roosevelt keeper Jake Cigelnik and into the top corner of the goal, giving Moody Bible a 4-2 advantage.
That lead grew to 5-2 before Ramirez's strike in the 58th minute. That tally was countered by three more unanswered goals for the final 8-3 margin.
Roosevelt will return to the pitch on Friday when the Lakers open CCAC play by hosting Calumet-St. Joseph at Toyota Park. A reminder that the start time of the match has been moved to 4:15 pm, following the women's soccer team's tilt with the Crimson Wave.