This Week in Lafayette History: Neumann hands Haverford loss with 9 points

This Week in Lafayette History: Neumann hands Haverford loss with 9 points

Robert McKittrick

On October 12, 1983, the Lafayette men’s soccer team defeated Haverford 6-0. The Leopards entered the game with a 4-3-1 record, hoping to rebound after their previous tie to Swarthmore College. Mark Neumann scored the first goal at 14:49 of the first half. It was a cross from the left, that set up Neuman for the finish from 5 yards away. Just two minutes after, Doug Deitch found the back of the net as well, making the score 2-0. The Leopards kept the pressure on, and at 23:44, John D’Esposito sent a great corner kick to Neuman, who headed it in for his second goal of the game. Right before the first half ended, the Leopards led 4-0, with a shot from 20 yards out by Matt Marinelli.

The Leopards kept up the offense in the second half. In the 51st minute, Matt Neumann found the net again, for a hat trick. Just two and a half minutes later, the Leopards scored their final goal, on what one of the players called the “best goal of the year.” The Leopards competed a series of quick passes, involving four different Lafayette players, to beat the Haverford defenders down the field and score their final goal.

Mark Neumann was the stand out star for the Leopards who had a career day of 9 points. At that time, the six-goal win was the largest margin of victory for coach Steve Reinhardt.

Neumann leads the Lafayette men’s soccer team all-time with 49 goals and 121 points.