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KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Sept. 17, 2016) – The USMMA men's soccer team defeated visiting Skyline Conference rival SUNY Maritime on Saturday, 5-0, at Brooks Stadium. The victory improves the Mariners' to an even 2-2-2 (2-0 Skyline) on the season, while the Privateers fall to 3-4 (0-1 Skyline) with the loss.
Senior Gavin Yingling (Salisbury, Md.) netted the first four goals for the Mariners, all coming in the first half. He wasted no time getting on the board, as he scored just 44 seconds in off a one-timer down low passed by classmate Michael Heckmuller (Cypress, Calif.). Junior Brandon-Rey Jumaoas (Portsmouth, R.I.) was credited with the secondary assist after he led Heckmuller down the right side of the field to set up the pass to Yingling.
Yingling doubled the Merchant Marine lead to 2-0 in the 10th minute when he finished off a pretty give-and-go with junior Jon Tarbox (Gettysburg, Pa.) down low that brought Maritime's freshman keeper Michael Rodriguez far out of the net and Yingling dribbled the ball around him and blasted it into the gaping net.
The lead hit 3-0 in the 28th minute when Jumaoas led Yingling up the field on a through ball from 50 yards out and Yingling ripped a shot into the lower left corner of the net. The fourth goal was the prettiest of the day, as it was a nice chip shot from down low on the left side off a pass from sophomore Michael Montesclaros (Evans, Ga.). Yingling's shot sailed over a leaping Rodriguez and into the right side of the net.
Senior keeper Cory Maier (Hampton, Va.) only faced one shot in the first half and despite making a diving effort, it sailed just wide of the Mariner net, so Maier ended the half with no saves, but the shutout still intact. He was replaced by junior Nolan Smith (Stafford, Va.) to start the second half. Smith played over 30 minutes and made three saves, including one on a Maritime penalty kick in the 70th minute, before he was replaced by freshman Matthew Milner (Mount Airy, Md.) with 14:36 remaining and Milner secured the combined shutout for the trio.
The Mariners scored a late goal when freshman Alex Madonna (Gibsonia, Pa.) netted his second goal of the season off an assist by classmate David Germain (Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y.).
Rodriguez finished the day with six saves for the Privateers.
"Coach Cochrane, Coach Fitzgerald and I were pleased the way our team jumped to the lead and took over the match early against Maritime," said head coach Michael Smolens. "It was great for Gavin to find his scoring touch and even better that we had a number of terrific passes to set up the scores. We were happy that our team kept their composure and limited Maritime to only a handful of chances at goal, and it's nice to see that our goalkeepers came through when called upon to keep the shutout. It's been a good start to the conference season, but our team realizes that we need to keep on improving as the season has only just begun."
Up next, the Mariners will host non-conference opponent Stevens Institute on Wednesday evening, Sept. 21, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Brooks Stadium. Live stats and a live video feed of the contest will be available with links on the USMMA Men's Soccer Schedule Page.
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