Fordham Tops Manhattan In Battle Of The Bronx

Fordham, Jannik Loebe
Fordham's Jannik Loebe

Two goals by Jannik Loebe was key to a first-half offensive outburst by the Fordham Men’s Soccer Team in the Rams 3-0 win over Manhattan in the annual Battle of the Bronx.

With the win, Fordham improves to 5-2-1 and extends its current win streak to four games, while Manhattan fell to 3-4.

The Rams grabbed the lead in the 16th minute when Owen Lawrence took a long throw from Fordham’s side of the field and found Janos Loebe about 45 yards from goal. Loebe then beat a Manhattan defender and sent a ball over the Jaspers backline to Jannik Loebe, who would nestle the ball inside the right post from about 10 yards out.

Eleven minutes later, Fordham would double its lead. Following a Manhattan foul, Janos Loebe’s free kick from just outside the box would find Joergen Oland for a header that grazed the crossbar before finding the back of the net.

In the 31st minute, Fordham was back on the attack. Janos Loebe backheeled a ball from the near sideline to Jacob Bohm. The freshman defender went on a run and would eventually be fouled in the box. Jannik Loebe would convert from the spot for his second of the game and his fourth career multi-goal game.  

With the two goals, Jannik Loebe moved into the Top-10 for all-time goal-scorers at Fordham and is tied for ninth place with Colin Curran (1987-88) and Rory McEldowney (1990-93) at 19 career goals. He also moved past Curran in career points for 10th on that list with 48.

The Rams’ defense, led by Matthew Lewis, who started his 69th career game on Wednesday, moving him into a tie for 10th on that Fordham career list with Todd Vieira (1995-98), limited the Jaspers to just six shots in the game. Rashid Nuhu made two saves for his fifth shutout of the season and 18th of his career.