Men’s Soccer Splits at SJC Long Island Invitational Falling to Manhattanville

Men’s Soccer Splits at SJC Long Island Invitational Falling to Manhattanville

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. — Mateusz Georges (Brooklyn, N.Y./New Utrecht) gave the Bears an early lead but the St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) men's soccer team (1-3) ended play at the St. Joseph's College (Long Island) Invitational dropping a 6-2 decision to future Skyline Conference foe Manhattanville College (3-1) on Sunday afternoon.

How It Happened
The Valiants had the early opportunities gaining a pair of corners and firing three shots, all stopped by Alejandro Oliveros (Brooklyn, N.Y./Grover Cleveland). But the Bears broke through for the game's first tally when Joseph Sepulveda (East Elmhurst, N.Y./Bayside) found Georges who chipped it over the keeper in the 10th minute.

However, Manhattanville responded just two minutes later when Nico Diaz curled a shot around Oliveros and the Valiants went on to score three more times in the opening 45—outshooting the Bears 13-4—to lead 4-1 at the break.

Two quick tallies by the Valiants to open the second half in a span of less than a minute pushed their lead to 6-1 before Daniel Goncalves (Astoria, N.Y./Cathedral Prep) won a header in the box that beat the keeper in the 61st minute.

The final 30 minutes saw neither team find the back of the net with the Valiants—who finished the weekend 2-0—maintaining control of play with a 10-4 edge in shots and 8-0 in corners for the second stanza as the Bears played a man down for the last 20.

For the Bears

  • Goncalves scored his third of the season and found the back of the net in both games on the weekend.
  • Thomas Mastoras (Flushing, N.Y./Francis Lewis) led the Bears firing three shots (one on goal).
  • Oliveros matchedo a career-high making 10 saves in a losing effort.

Next Up for the Bears
The Bears will square off with Clinton Hill rivals Pratt Institute in the first meeting of the two schools on Tuesday, September 11. The men will kick off a doubleheader with the women at Randall's Island at 5 p.m.