MEN’S SOCCER FALLS TO CALDWELL IN OVERTIME HEARTBREAKER, 3-2
CALDWELL, N.J. (Sept. 13, 2011) – On Tuesday, the Molloy College men’s soccer team fell 3-2 in double overtime to Caldwell College in a non-conference battle at Caldwell Field in Caldwell, N.J. During the Lions’ first away contest of the year, they sported a slim 1-0 advantage in the 12th-minute on a tally by junior back Craig Calderone (Astoria, N.Y.). However, Molloy had to tug it out for the remaining 78 minutes before entering overtime for the second time in just five games so far this year.
The Lions opened the scoring off an assist from senior Daniel Patino (Valley Stream, N.Y.). Patino received the ball on the right flank and knocked a cross to Calderone, who shot it past Cougars’ goalkeeper Brian Agostini (North Caldwell, N.J.) for the 1-0 lead. Molloy's lead was short lived, however, as Caldwell responded with their first goal in the 21st-minute. The Cougars’ Mosiah White (Coram, N.Y.) received a through ball from teammate Kristopher Bistre (Staten Island, N.Y.) and was able to chip it over the head of Molloy keeper Justin Corke (Valley Stream, N.Y.) for the equalizer.
Caldwell continued the pressure and were able to capitalize on another scoring opportunity six minutes later off a shot by Whyte from the right side that slipped past Corke for the 2-1 advantage. The Lions persistently fought back, and were rewarded with the tying goal in the 38th-minute when senior Jeff Patino (Bayside, N.Y.) fired off a shot from 15 yards out that beat the Cougars’ Agostini. The score would remain tied at 2-2 for the remainder of regulation.
After the full 90 minutes expired, both sides braced for a golden goal overtime period. The first ten-minute session was uneventful, as there were just three shots taken between both teams. Just 15 seconds into the second overtime period, Corke received a yellow card, resulting in a penalty shot for the Cougars. Junior Facundo Zalazar (Buenos Aires City, Argentina) stepped to the line and converted the kick for the victory. With the win, Caldwell moves to 3-1, while the Lions slip to 0-5.
Molloy is next in action on Saturday (Sept. 17) against 25th-ranked Dowling College at the Dean G. Skelos Sports Complex in Rockville Centre, N.Y. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.