Stony Brook Men’s Soccer suffered a 1-0 loss the last time it played the University of Hartford in 2014. The team came into Saturday’s game against the Hawks with a 5-6-1 all-time head-to-head record.
The Seawolves evened their record to 6-6-1 with a 1-0 victory on Saturday evening at Kenneth P. LaValle stadium.
“I’m happy with the result tonight,” Stony Brook Men’s Soccer head coach Ryan Anatol said. “ [I’m] very happy with the shutout as well.”
The goal was scored in the 86th minute by senior midfielder Martin Giordano, his sixth goal of the season. He was assisted by sophomore forward Vince Erdei and freshman midfielder Serge Gamwanya.
“I saw Vince one-on-one with his man. And despite being tired, I ran down the field to get into the box,” Giordano said. “Vince beat his man and played the ball to me and I finished it. I may have scored, but the goal was all because of Vince.”
The first half ended in a 0-0 tie and despite not scoring, Anatol could not have be happier with his team’s performance.
“I thought we played really well in the first half,” Anatol said. “We played a lot better than them, limited their long throws, which is a big weapon for them.”
The second half went much differently than the first, as the Hawks began pressing and the Seawolves had to defend more.
“It got really ugly in the second half for us,” Anatol said. “They got a lot more long throws. I’ve never seen so many long throws in a soccer game in my life. Overall though, it was a good job by the guys and we scored a good goal that won us the game.”
As for Giordano, his 16 points on the season are a career-high, far more than his previous high of ten points in 2013.
“I think growing up as a leader has helped me a lot over the years,” Giordano said. “It motivates me everyday and it pushes me harder to play my best each and every game.”
The last time the Seawolves recorded a shutout was on Aug. 31, when the team recorded a scoreless tie in a non-conference game against Sacred Heart.
“When recording a shutout, it’s not just the defense and the goalkeeper,” Anatol said. “You also have to look at the forwards, and I thought Vince and Martin did a great job keeping the ball in their half for most of the game.”
The Seawolves now have a record of 5-6-3 and a conference record of 2-2-1, and have two games this week. The first is a non-conference away game with Hofstra on Tuesday, and the next is a home game against Binghamton on Friday.