KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Sept. 21, 2016) – The USMMA men's soccer team lost its mid-week, non-conference game to visiting Stevens Institute in double overtime on Wednesday by the final score of 2-1. The Mariners' record falls to 2-3-2 on the year, while the Ducks improve to 2-3-1.
Stevens got on the board first in the 18th minute when the Ducks were awarded a penalty kick after a Merchant Marine defender took down one of their forwards in the box. Senior Patrick Masur was chosen to take the PK and beat USMMA senior goalkeeper Cory Maier (Hampton, Va.) to the right to open the scoring.
The Mariners responded in the second half, as junior Jon Tarbox (Gettysburg, Pa.) sent a great pass into the middle of the box through a group of players straight to the foot of classmate Brian Nickel (North Canton, Ohio). Nickel shot the ball into the net while falling down to tie the score up at 1-1 in the 63rd minute. The tally was Nickel's first of his career.
After neither team found the back of the net in the remaining 27 minutes, the game went to golden-goal overtime. In the first overtime period, Nickel was assessed his second yellow card of the game and the Mariners had to play out the rest of the game a man down.
Over three minutes into the second overtime, Stevens' freshman Daniel Aversano corralled the ball and brought it down low along the right wing. He fired a pass into the middle of the box that connected with the boot of sophomore Alex Sugarman, who blasted it into the middle of the net for the game-winner.
Maier ended the night with six saves for the Mariners in the losing effort, while the Ducks' keeper, sophomore Aaron Henry, stopped five Mariner shots.
"Coach Fitzgerald, Coach Cochrane and I are proud of the effort by our squad, especially after being so outplayed in the first half," said USMMA head coach Michael Smolens. "Stevens is a quality team and has been to 13 straight NCAA Tournaments and we adjusted in the second half to tie it up and put pressure on them. Although we are disappointed with the result, this type of match does a lot to prepare for more challenges ahead."
Up next, the Mariners return to Skyline Conference action to host St. Joseph's of Brooklyn this Saturday morning, Sept. 24, as part of Homecoming Day. Opening kickoff is slated for 10 a.m. at Brooks Stadium. Live stats and a live video feed of the game will be available with links on the USMMA Men's Soccer Schedule Page.
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Soccer Edged By Stevens In Double Overtime, 2-1, At Home On Wednesday