Chicago, Ill. – The Roosevelt men's soccer team led into the 71st minute in its city rivalry with #15 Robert Morris on Wednesday night, but a pair of unanswered goals in a seven-minute stretch helped the Eagles escape with a 2-1 victory over the Lakers at Flames Field on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The setback drops Roosevelt to 1-7-3 on the season and 0-4 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Robert Morris moved to 8-1-1 and 3-1 in league play.
Freshman Ruben Estrada energized the Roosevelt side in the 25th minute when he took a pass from Diego Rivas, split two defenders and tucked the ball into the left corner of the net past diving Eagles keeper Jose Garofalo. It was the first career goal for Estrada.
The score remained 1-0 into the second half as the Roosevelt defense, anchored by keeper Jose Ortiz, thwarted numerous Robert Morris scoring runs.
It took a world class strike for the Eagles to finally break through and net the equalizer in the 71st minute. Chisom Ogbonna provided the heroics as he created space on the left wing outside of the goal box and from a tough angle sent a laser into upper right corner of the net. Less than seven minutes later the Eagles took their first lead of the match when Rolando Cruz scored on a pass from Sishuh Zerihun.
Roosevelt pushed forward to try and knot the score, but Garofalo turned away a pair of Lakers scoring chances in the final 10 minutes to preserve the win for the visitors.
The Lakers will be back in action on Saturday when they welcome Holy Cross to the training fields at Toyota Park for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.