Stony Brook men’s soccer (1-2) beat the Lehigh University Mountain Hawks Friday night, 3-0.
The shutout victory came after the Seawolves lost two consecutive games in Connecticut last weekend to begin the 2014 season.
The previously undefeated Mountain Hawks were able to hold off the Seawolves for much of the first half.
The first goal of the game came in the 42nd minute when the Seawolves advanced the ball into the box where the Lehigh goalkeeper Ciaran Nugent was unable to prevent a ball that was deflected off a Lehigh player.
Shortly into the second half, Stony Brook helped a free kick into the net.
However, the goal was called off due to an offside penalty. Penalties never slowed the Seawolves down, though.
In the 81st minute, Stony Brook junior midfielder Martin Giordano scored the Seawolves second goal with an assist by Favio Sbarra and Dario Vanegas.
A third goal was scored in the 83rd minute by the junior midfielder Alejandro Fritz to seal the victory.
“I’m really happy with the result tonight,” Stony Brook Head Coach Ryan Anatol said. “To score three goals and get the shut out is a big positive. I thought the guys were very direct in the way they played.”
Stony Brook’s freshman goalkeeper Tom McMahon had seven saves Friday night to complete the shutout.
It was his first win in his career and his first game at LaValle Stadium.
“Tommy (McMahon) was great for us tonight,” Anatol said. “He made some big saves at the end to hold on for the shutout.”
McMahon was not the only Seawolf to earn his first win Friday.
Five out of the eleven starters were freshman playing for their first time at home.
“Chemistry had been good,” Anatol said. “It’s still a young group and the more they can get accustomed to each other and college soccer, the better off we’ll be.”
Monday night, Stony Brook will host Farleigh Dickinson University at LaValle Stadium.
The following weekend, they will travel to Dallas, Texas for the SMU Invitational where they will play Southern Methodist and Memphis.
SBU will not play at home till Sept. 28.