BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Despite being outshot by nearly double, a Yeshiva University goal with less than five minutes to play handed the St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) men's soccer team a 3-2 home loss in Skyline Conference action on Tuesday evening.
How it Happened
The Maccabees (7-4, 5-2 Skyline) struck first just four minutes after drawing a foul inside the box and Alberto Benhamu converting the ensuing penalty kick.
Yeshiva responded less than three minutes later on a free kick when a ball landed on Menhamu's foot near the back post for an easy putaway. But the Bears equalized again just before the intermission with Joseph Sepulveda (East Elmhurst, N.Y./Bayside) freeing up Brandon Georges (Brooklyn, N.Y./New Utrecht) to send the teams into the lockers tied at 2-2.
Despite shooting against a slight wind in the second half, the Bears maintained their shot advantage, 10-7, but struggled to find their mark, putting just one on goal. All but one of the visitor's shots in the period found their target and Alejandro Oliveros (Brooklyn, N.Y./Grover Cleveland) made five saves to keep the game tied.
The Bears had several good opportunities to break the deadlock with less than 15 minutes to play with a Daniel Goncalves (Astoria, N.Y./Cathedral Prep) open look missing just wide and a Kenneth Garcia (Elmhurst, N.Y/Bayside) shot from distance ringing off the crossbar.
In the 86th minute, Jonah Beberban broke free with a long throughball and Oliveros came off his line to stop the initial rush, but Zachary Stauber cleaned up the rebound for the game-winner.
For the Bears
- Spiegel's goal was his first of the season and fourth of his career.
- Georges tallied his fourth goal of the season.
- Oliveros made five saves—all in the second half—in a losing effort.
Next up for the Bears
The Bears continue a busy week with four games in six days heading to Purchase College for a Skyline tilt on Thursday (Oct. 18) kicking off at 7 p.m.