MEN'S SOCCER HANDED 3-0 DEFEAT BY NYIT IN ECC ACTION
OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. (Sept. 24, 2011) – Three separate New York Institute of Technology players scored on Saturday to clinch a 3-0 win against the Molloy College men’s soccer team at President's Stadium in Old Westbury, N.Y. With the decision, the Lions slip to 0-7-1 overall and 0-1-1 versus East Coast Conference foes. As for the Bears, they now own a 6-0-1 ledger on the season, and a 1-0 mark in the league.
The first 45 minutes of the match proved to be an even duel, as both sides were unable to register a point. NYIT began to pressure the Lions' defense early, as it rattled off four shots and forced Molloy red-shirt freshman goalkeeper Justin Corke (Valley Stream, N.Y.) to make a save in the fourth minute.
Molloy notched their first shot in the 22nd-minute when sophomore Mario Gagliano (Manhasset, N.Y.) took a chance that was saved by NYIT keeper Liam Waddy (Northampton, England). The Lions were able to fire off one more shot during the stanza, off the foot of junior Tyler De La Torre (Valley Stream, N.Y.), which sailed just wide.
The Bears unleashed their fury in the second half as they scored all three goals of the contest in the stanza. The first tally came in the 57th-minute when Javier Gallardo (Mairena del Aljarafe, Spain) slotted a through ball to the feet of freshman Dominic Iovino (Glendale, Ariz.), who shot it past Corke for the eventual game-winner.
Later on, in the 79th-minute, NYIT tacked on an insurance tally via sophomore forward Matthew DiDonna (West Islip, N.Y.) after a cross from Iovino. The hosts didn’t relent, as it added the third just five minutes later when freshman Harvey Houpe (Center Moriches, N.Y.) finished off a cross from Gallardo. Junior Paul Ferrandino (Valley Stream, N.Y.) rattled off two shots for the Lions in the period.
NYIT outshot Molloy 16-5 throughout the contest, and held a 1-0 advantage in corner kicks. Corke recorded four saves on the afternoon.
Head Coach Danny Longo and his men’s team will return home to face Felician College on Wednesday (Sept. 28). Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Dean G. Skelos Sports Complex in Rockville Centre, N.Y.