Kings Point, NY -- The United States Merchant Marine Academy Mariners (2-1-0) defeated the Rutgers-Newark Scarlet Raiders (1-2-0) by a score of 1-0 Wednesday evening in Kings Point, NY.
In a tightly contested defensive struggle, quality scoring chances were at a premium. USMMA recorded the only tally of the match when a throw-in from Mariner's junior midfielder Alex Maney deflected off a defender's foot into the far side of Newark's net during the second minute of play.
USMMA dictated pace for much of the first half, firing six shots towards the Newark goal and controlling possession. Unable to capitalize, Kings Point took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
The Scarlet Raiders showed some fight in the second half, consistently peppering balls at the Mariner's net. They compiled 11 second half shots, greatly exceeding their first half total of two. Senior midfielders Gabriel Avans and Nick Kyprianou led Newark in shots with three apiece.
The Mariners best chance to take a two goal lead came in the 62nd minute when senior captain Ryan Silveira touched a beautifully timed through pass to junior midfielder Tanner Nestler. The Scarlet Raider's freshman goalkeeper Matt Broomall challenged the play well making a sliding stop on Nestler's chance to maintain a one goal differential.
USMMA junior goaltender Stephen Fucito was solid between the pipes, making three saves and earning the victory. Fucito has posted two shutouts in three career intercollegiate starts and boasts a goals against average of 0.66 in his first three games.
"It was two totally different halfs," said Mariner's Head Coach Mike Smolens. "We were able to survive their onslaught in the second half and gut out a victory against a quality team who competes in one of the nation's top conferences."
The Mariners have little time to rest as they look ahead to their battle with service academy rival Coast Guard this Saturday at 11:30am in New London, CT.
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