Jatta scores game-winner as Lawrence tops Pioneers

Lawrence men's soccer action Zach Currie
Zach Currie scored for the Vikings in a 4-3 win over Grinnell.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Four different Lawrence University men's soccer players scored Sunday in the Vikings' 4-3 Midwest Conference win over Grinnell College on Ron Roberts Field at the Banta Bowl.

Nicholas Jatta got the game-winner for the Vikings, and Zachary Currie, Jack Morrissey and Sean McLaughlin also scored for Lawrence (5-3-1, 2-0-0 MWC). Hunter Lanton made five saves to pick up the victory.

Lawrence got on the board early as Currie headed in Mark Todd's cross at the 14:23 mark for a 1-0 lead. The Vikings made it 2-0 at the 26:25 mark when Jack Morrissey took a pass from Andrea Arivella and beat Grinnell goalkeeper Jared Cloutier. 

Grinnell (4-6-0, 0-2-0) cut the lead to 2-1 on Jasper Yang's goal with just under seven minutes left in the first half, but the Vikings struck back just a few minutes later.

A handball in the penalty box gave the Vikings a penalty kick at the 42:53 mark, and McLaughlin buried it in the back of the net for a 3-1 edge.

Yang scored 13 minutes into the second half on a penalty kick of his own to trim the margin to 3-2, but Jatta restored the two-goal lead in the 71st minute.

Julien Riviere took a free kick in the Lawrence half of the field and found Currie along the near sideline. He played the ball to Jatta, who found an open net for the goal at 70:17 and a 4-2 lead.

Yang scored for Grinnell at 72:46 to secure the hat trick, but that was all Grinnell would get. The Vikings locked down their defense over the final 17 minutes to secure the victory.