The Denison men's soccer team scored three goals in the opening half, and held off a late charge by Rose-Hulman en route to a 3-2 victory over the Engineers on Saturday afternoon in Terre Haute, Ind.
The two teams wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Sophomore defender John Rerucha (Maumee, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) sent a ball to junior Ben Peek (Burke, Va./Robinson Secondary) who got behind the Rose-Hulman defense and scored on a breakaway. Peek's first goal of the season came at 2:40. Just 25 seconds later, the Engineers got their own breakaway opportunity when Michael Schiff found Clint Vatterrodt for a score.
Senior Chris Olson (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows) regained the lead for the Big Red in the 13th minute when Olson buried a shot into the upper left corner from outside the box. Olson's fourth tally of 2010 came off an assist from sophomore Ryan Torgersen (Spring, Texas/Klein). Roughly two minutes later, first-year Bob Casarona (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) ripped a cross-goal shot from 12 yards out into the right corner. Casarona's first collegiate goal gave Denison a two-goal advantage.
At the 38:02 mark, Rose-Hulman's Adam Carlson scored off a defection from outside the 18-yard box. The late Engineer tally trimmed the deficit to 3-2 as the two squads entered the half. Both teams attempted seven shots and three corners in the first period.
After combining for five goals in the first 45 minutes, Denison and Rose-Hulman failed to find the back of the net in the second period. The Engineers had a couple late scoring chances negated by offside calls. The Big Red held a 6-3 advantage in shots in the half. Rose-Hulman attempted six corner kicks in the frame, but failed to notch the game-tying tally.
DU outshot Rose-Hulman 13-10 for the game, while the home team held a 9-5 edge in corners. Big Red keeper Matt Wagner (Nicholasville, Ky./Lexington Catholic) made four saves, while Engineer goalie Eric Davenport stopped three shots.
Denison improves to 3-4 overall, while Rose-Hulman falls to 1-5-2 on the year. DU returns to action on Saturday (Sept. 25) when they open up North Coast Athletic Conference action against Wittenberg University. Match time from Granville is slated for 7 p.m.