Stony Brook, N.Y. - Senior Berian Gobeil Cruz (Montreal, Quebec) scored his third goal of the season to give the Stony Brook men's soccer team a 1-0 lead, but the Seawolves could not hold on, falling to Boston University, 2-1 in overtime Friday night at LaValle Stadium. The crowd of 1,372 fans set a new Seawolves Soccer attendance record.
Coach Ryan Anatol's Reaction "We're disappointed in the result, and I didn't think it was our best performance, especially with the ball. I didn't think we were sharp and we didn't move the ball the way we like to. But BU is a good a team. I thought we did enough to win the game, but we let one up and then both teams had chances in overtime, but they finished theirs. We're very thankful for the people that came out and supported us."
In the eighth minute, senior Leonardo Fernandes received the ball in the box, danced around a defender and got an open look for a cross to the goalkeeper's right. He crossed the ball, and BU goalkeeper Nick Thomson got his hand on it, but couldn't control. The ball went right to Gobeil Cruz, who chested it into the net for a goal.
In the 78th minute, a turnover in the Stony Brook defensive zone gave BU's Carlos Ruiz a clear look at the net. He stroked a shot that went past Seawolves goalkeeper senior Stefan Manz (Bronx, N.Y.) on his right far post.
In the 96th minute, BU's Michael Bustamante took a long pass on the far side of the field, beat one defender and crossed towards the goal to a waiting Dominique Badji, who poked it into the net point-blank for the game-winner.
The Numbers Game
Stony Brook (7-3-1) and Boston University (4-5-3) were nearly even on shots with the Terriers holding the 13-12 edge overall and 4-3 on shots on goal.
Fernandes' streak of five straight matches with a goal comes to an end, but he has recorded at least one point in each of the last seven matches.
Gobeil Cruz's goal moved him into eighth place all-time in program history in career goals with 23.
The record crowd of 1,372 surpassed the previous record of 1,096, which was set in the 2009 America East Championship final vs. UMBC.
News & Notes
For the first time under Anatol, the Seawolves lost despite scoring the first goal of the game. They are now 15-1-1 in those situations.
Boston University has beaten Stony Brook six straight times, including the last two in overtime.
The loss snapped a six-match winning streak overall and five-match home winning streak for Stony Brook.
Up Next The Seawolves will look to rebound on Wednesday at Binghamton at 7 p.m.