Photo by Steve McLaughlin
KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Sept. 24, 2016) – Earlier on Saturday, the USMMA men's soccer team won its home Skyline Conference game over visiting St. Joseph's of Brooklyn, 3-2, on Homecoming Day in Kings Point. With the victory, Merchant Marine's record moves to 3-3-2 (3-0 Skyline), and the Bears fall to 3-5 (2-2 Skyline) in defeat.
Senior Gavin Yingling (Salisbury, Md.) scored twice and now has a team and Skyline leading eight goals, including seven against Skyline Conference opponents, and junior Brandon-Rey Jumaoas (Portsmouth, R.I.) recorded his second goal of the season for the Mariners' other score. Senior goalkeeper Cory Maier (Hampton, Va.) finished the day with five saves for the victory between the pipes.
Yingling opened the scoring in the seventh minute when he converted after a tic-tac-toe play led him to a break down low and he scrambled in front of the goalkeeper but was able to blast a low shot into the net past SJC's junior keeper Julian Rodriguez. Jumaoas and senior David Burkhardt (Cutchogue, N.Y.) picked up assists on the tally.
The Bears responded almost immediately, as freshman Daniel Goncalves scored on a one-timer off a pass by senior Beka Goduadze in the 11th minute to tie the score up at 1-1.
Merchant Marine scored back-to-back goals later in the opening half in the 32nd and 33rd minutes. Jumaoas' marker came on a double-header off of a corner kick. Burkhardt sent the ball into the box to the near side of the goal area and junior Jon Tarbox (Gettysburg, Pa.) headed it to the far post, where Jumaoas was there to head it in to give the Mariners the lead back, 2-1.
That was followed by Yingling's second goal of the game, which was also assisted by Tarbox. He finished off a rebound of Tarbox's shot into an empty net after Rodriguez deflected the initial shot to a wide-open area to his left.
After a mostly quiet second half, St. Joseph's tuned on the heat late in the game, as freshman Kelvin Garcia scored in the 88th minute to pull his team back to within one, 3-2. His goal also came off a rebound on a shot by Goduadze. Junior Cesar Oviedo also picked up an assist for the Bears on that tally.
The Mariners were able to suppress the comeback chances however to hold on for the victory, their third straight Skyline win to start league play.
Rodriguez finished with eight saves for St. Joseph's in the losing effort.
"Coach Fitzgerald, Coach Cochrane and I were pleased the way the team worked offensively in the first half, taking it to St. Joseph's-Brooklyn and putting them under pressure," commented Head Coach Michael Smolens. "Gavin Yingling, Jon Tarbox, David Burkhardt and Brandon Rey Jumaoas combined for some excellent scoring plays early on. We couldn't capitalize in the second half and we give them credit for not buckling under, as we would have liked to put the match away earlier. We are happy to get three important points from a conference game and look forward to our next conference match on Wednesday."
That match on Wednesday, Sept. 28, will pit the visiting Panthers of SUNY College at Old Westbury against the Mariners beginning at 7:45 p.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.
Receive USMMA Men's Soccer News Right To Your E-Mail!
If you would like to receive the latest news on the USMMA men's soccer team, including all press releases, send an e-mail to Assistant Athletic Director for Communications Joe Guster at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Men's Soccer E-Mails."
Follow USMMA Athletics On Social Media!
Be sure to follow USMMA Athletics on social media to get up-to-the-minute updates on your favorite teams! Start following today on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube!