STONY BROOK, N.Y.— The Sacred Heart men's soccer team fell to Stony Brook University, 4-1 on Tuesday night. The Seawolves (6-2-3) rallied three goals in the second half to donw the Pioneers (3-7) at LaValle Stadium.
SHU controlled much of the first half, opening the scoring on Dylan Santos first goal of the season off the assist from sophomore Oscar Curras in the 14th minute. Stony Brook caught a break in the 36th minute as goalkeeper Robert Strain was hit with a yellow card on the foul inside the box. That set up Vince Erdei to put the penalty kick through the right side to tie the game at 1-1.
Momentum continued in the Seawolves favor scoring just five minutes into the second half as Erdei fired one past the diving strain from the center of the box off the assists from Rob Bjornholm-Jata and Jarred Dass. Danny Espinoza and Dass picked up Stony Brooks other two goals to bring the final to 4-1.
The Seawolves outshot the Pioneers 13-11 on the night, including a 9-5 margin with shots on goal. Santos led SHU with two shots on goal and was one of four Pioneers with two shot attempts. Jacob Braham made four saves in goal for Stony Brook while strain made five stops for SHU.
The Pioneers kick off Northeast Conference play on Sunday, October 8 as LIU Brooklyn comes to Park Ave. Field for a 3:00 p.m. contest.
- Kieran Walsh nearly gives SHU the early lead just 2:37 into the game but his shot banks off the crossbar.
- Santos scored his first goal since October 15, 2015 with his mark in the 13th minute.
- Alejandro Arribas had a scoring chance just outside the box but his shot from the left side sailed high over the net in the 20th minute.
- Santos with his second shot on goal got denied by Braham in the 63rd minute.
- SHU had two chances in the 75th minute as CJ Weinstein & Curras fired shots on boal but were stonewalled by Braham.
- Strain closed the game with a point-blank diving save on an open look from Chris McAuliff in the 87th minute.