BRONX, N.Y. – Behind three first-half goals, including two by Jannik Loebe, the Fordham University men powered past Manhattan College in the annual Battle of the Bronx, 3-0, at Jack Coffey Field Wednesday night.
Fordham improved to 5-2-1 and extended its winning streak to four games, while Manhattan fell to 3-4.
The hosts wasted little time getting on the board in the 16th minute. Owen Lawrence took a long throw from Fordham’s side of the field, finding Janos Loebe about 45 yards from goal. Loebe turned his Manhattan defender inside out, getting around him and sending a ball over the backline to Loebe. He directed the ball past the goalkeeper inside the right post from 10 yards for his second goal this season.
The Rams made it 2-0 just over ten minutes later on a set piece. After a Manhattan foul, Loebe took the free kick from the left side, three yards from the corner of the box. He put in a cross to Joergen Oland for a header that just grazed the crossbar and went in for his second goal of the year.
Fordham put the game out of reach with a third first half goal in the 31st minute. Loebe backheeled a ball from the near sideline to Jacob Bohm. Bohm ran into the box and taken down by a defender, awarding a penalty kick to the Rams. Loebe stepped to the penalty spot and drilled home his second goal of the game for his fourth career multi-goal game.
Fordham hosts Bryant on Jack Coffey Field for Alumni Day Saturday at 1 p.m.