BROOKLYN, N.Y.—The St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) men's soccer team couldn't send off their seniors with a win on Senior Day, falling behind early and losing 3-1 to No. 8 Washington Adventist University in a United States Collegiate Athletic Association affair at the Aviator Sports and Events Center.
The Bears (6-6) entered the contest coming off a two-game winning streak but returned back to the .500 mark on a day celebrating the careers of seniors Michael Miner (Schenevus, N.Y./Schneveus), Raul Urshela (Orlando, Fla./Colonial), Marco Fuentes (Orlando, Fla./Timber Creek) and Vinny Rossi (Bayside, N.Y./Holy Cross).
After a slow start from both teams, Samuel Kashai's breakaway goal down the sideline broke the scoreless tie for the Shock (7-5) in the 21st minute. Ryan Senior extended the Shock's lead to 2-0 in the 37th minute finishing a feed from Eric Sierra Marrero.
Shortly into the second half, St. Joseph's finally broke through on Beka Goduadze's (Tbilisi, Georgia/Lyceum "NK") 48th minute unassisted goal, his team-leading ninth of the season.
In the 56th minute, Kashai powered a free kick through the Bears' defense, tallying his second goal of the day and extra insurance for the Shock.
The Bears would be unable to find the back of the net again, dropping the game 3-1. St. Joseph's almost matched Adventist in the shot department, 18-16, but were unable to capitalize on scoring chances late in the game.
St. Joseph's currently sits in fourth place in the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings and will now shift their focus to their final two regular season games, both pivotal conference matchups looking to lock up their first tournament berth. First up, the Bears face Berkeley College in a road tilt at Aviator Field on Wednesday, October 22nd at 6 p.m.