The Stony Brook men’s soccer team (8-5-3, 5-1-1 AE) drew UMBC, 2-2 on Wednesday night from LaValle Stadium. With the result, the Seawolves clinched the America East Regular Season Title and the No. 1 seed in the America East Tournament.
Quoting head coach Ryan Anatol
“We had two really good chances in the first half that we were really close to scoring. They were making it difficult for us to play with how aggressive they were being, but it was forcing them to have a really high line defensively. We knew we would get some opportunities trying to play behind them,” said Anatol.
“It’s been a great year for the university. It shows the commitment the athletic department has put in the soccer programs, putting both programs in a position to be successful. A lot of credit to the players who came out and played hard all year. We’re really excited and happy for them.”
- Early in the contest, freshman Jack Valderrabano (New York, NY) had two quick chances at putting the Seawolves on the board but came up just short.
- UMBC took its first shot on goal in the 8th minute off the foot of Jon Bell. Freshman goalkeeper Christian Miesch made the save, one of his eight that night.
- In the 22nd minute, redshirt sophomore Gabriel Fernandes (North Babylon, NY) nearly scored but missed just high. The Seawolves outshot UMBC, 7-6 in the first half.
- In the 52nd minute, senior Martieon Watson (Vessigny, Trinidad) passed up field to junior Jarred Dass(Marabella, Trinidad) who beat the UMBC keeper one-on-one for the go-ahead goal. It was Dass’ sixth goal of the year, tying him with senior Serge Gamwanya (Trondheim, Norway) for the team lead.
- Just three minutes later, Dass picked up an assist when he found junior Mark Irvine (Southampton, England) who floated it over the keeper’s hands to double the Seawolves’ lead. It was Irvine’s first goal of the season.
- Shortly after, UMBC’s James Gielen converted on a penalty kick to cut the Seawolves’ lead in half.
- In the 64th minute, UMBC scored again when Jordan Dove found Nick Gumbs for the equalizer.
- UMBC nearly took the lead in the 80th minute when leading-scorer Cesare Marconi tried to beat Miesch but was denied.
- Early in the overtime period, Marconi almost won it for the Retrievers but Miesch made a diving stop.
- Only two other shots were taken in both overtime periods, one by each team.
The Seawolves will await the winner of #4 Vermont/#5 UMBC, who play on Saturday. Stony Brook will take on the winner on Wednesday, November 7 at 7 pm from LaValle Stadium.
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