KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Nov. 2, 2019) –The #3-seed USMMA men's soccer team lost its home Skyline Championship First Round matchup to rival #6-seed SUNY Maritime, 3-2, in double-overtime on Saturday at Brooks Stadium. In defeat, the Mariners end the season with a 10-8-1 overall record, while the Privateers improve to 11-9-1 and move on to face #2-seed Manhattanville this Wednesday night in the Skyline Semis.
The Mariners got on the board first on a penalty kick goal by senior Nick Roros (Northport, N.Y.) in the 18th minute. Merchant Marine was awards a PK after a handball was called in the box against Maritime. Roros converted with a hard blast low just to the keepers' right.
The Privateers had some prime scoring chances after Merchant Marine opened the scoring, but USMMA senior keeper Matthew Milner (Mount Airy, Md.) was able to come up with a couple of great stops. The visitors finally found an equalizer in the 33rd minute, however, when freshman Doga Sisman, from the far post, tapped in a great throw-in by senior Justin Forrest.
Milner finished the first half with three saves, while SUNY Maritime senior keeper Michael Rodriguez faced just one shot on goal and that was the PK.
Both teams traded one shot on goal apiece in the first 33 minutes of the second half, but the keepers turned both aside. The Mariners broke the tie in the 80th minute when junior Zach Lysakowski (Reading, Pa.) cashed in on a beautiful feed from the near side by senior Austin Flores (Wichita, Kan.).
With their backs against the wall, the Privateers answered in the 89th minute on a goal by sophomore Larry Castello when he fired in a shot from the top of the box after a failed clear attempt from a throw-in wound up right at his foot. SUNY Maritime then nearly won the game in regulation on a great chance by senior Anthony Sblendorio, after he ran past the Merchant Marine defense to break in on Milner, but Milner made a great diving stop with just three seconds left and regulation ended with a 2-2 tie.
The Privateers had the only shots of the two golden-goal overtime periods, one in the first OT that Milner was able to stop, another high in the 105th minute just before freshman Frank Schmidt ended the game with a header goal off another throw-in by Forrest in the 108th minute – sending SUNY Maritime on to the Skyline Semifinals.
Milner ended the afternoon with six saves, while Rodriguez made one save and earned the victory between the pipes.
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