Offense lifts Stony Brook to 4-2 win over Central Connecticut
Sept. 17, 2010
The Stony Brook men's soccer team received goals for four different players as the Seawolves knocked off Central Connecticut State 4-2 Friday evening in their home opener at LaValle Stadium. The four goals are the most by Stony Brook since posting five goals against Philadelphia on Sept. 11, 2005.
Stony Brook improves to 3-4-0 on the season, winning its second straight match. Central Connecticut State falls to 2-3-0.
The Seawolves wasted little time attacking the Central Connecticut net, peppering Blue Devils keeper Anthony Occhialini with shots. In the 17th minute, Leonardo Fernandes fed a streaking Raphael Abreu, who went one-on-one with the goalie and put it past him for his first goal of the season.
Stony Brook continued to control the pace of the game until Central Connecticut's Shawn Buchanan blasted the ball into the lower corner of the net past Stefan Manz for his first goal of the season in the 34th minute. The Seawolves quickly rebounded with Berian Gobeil's 42nd minute goal on a long kick into the right high corner. SBU went into halftime up 2-1 and outshooting the Blue Devils 9-5.
Just 48 seconds into the second half, the Seawolves struck again as Gobeil took a shot from the left side of the box that Occhialini swiped away, but couldn't control it. It went to Mehdi Belakehal, who deflected it off a Blue Devils defender to Wilber Bonilla, who pounded the home goal home from point blank. It was Bonilla's first of the seaon and Belakehal's second assist of the night.
Central Connecticut made the game a little interesting when out of nowhere Robert Cavener drove home a goal 25 yards out from the net on the right side, well out of Manz's reach. The goal came in the 63rd minute and cut Stony Brook's lead to 3-2.
However, Stony Brook put the game away when Fernandes was going one-on-one with the goalie, and Occhialini took him down in the box. The referees called for a penalty kick, and Fernandes capitalized with an easy goal in the 71st minute.
In addition to the four goals, Stony Brook set a season high for shots with 16. Manz won his third match of the season, making six saves on eight shots on goal. Central Connecticut had 13 total shots for the match.
Stony Brook returns to action Sunday afternoon against Bryant at LaValle Stadium at 1 p.m.