Brooklyn Blanks York, 2-0
Brooklyn, NY --- The Brooklyn College Men's Soccer team extended its current unbeaten streak to four games, as the Bulldogs posted a 2-0 victory over City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) rival York College this afternoon at BC Field. The Bulldogs are now 3-0-1 over their last four games.
With the win, Brooklyn improves its overall record to 4-3-1 and 1-0-1 in the CUNYAC; while the Cardinals fall to 0-7-1 overall and 0-2-1 in conference play.
The play of the match occurred in the 65th minute, with the Bulldogs holding a slim 1-0 advantage. BC would be called for a foul in the box, allowing York to take a penalty kick. The Cardinals' Sonam Sherpa stepped up to take the kick looking for the equalizer; however, Brooklyn sophomore Saul Gonzalez Perez, making his first collegiate start and just his second appearance in net for the Bulldogs, guessed right and stopped the potential game-tying goal.
BC began the match as the aggressors, attacking the York goal from the opening whistle. Just about three minutes into the game, junior Pajtim Gjonbalaj put the home team up early, beating the keeper after a York turnover deep in its half of the field. Junior Peterson Petit Frere forced the Cardinals' turnover with the steal and passed the ball to a wide open Gjonbalaj, who has now scored a goal in three-straight games for BC.
Although the Bulldogs controlled much of the tempo in the opening period, holding a 14-5 advantage in shots and a 3-0 edge in corner kicks, Brooklyn would come away with just that one goal in the half, as the Bulldogs would head into the intermission break with a 1-0 lead.
The second half featured a much different game, as the Cardinals began to push the tempo and pressure the BC defense. York would hold an 8-1 shot advantage in the half, but would be unable to net the tying goal, as the Brooklyn defense held off the Cardinals attack.
BC's lone shot of the half would come from junior Cheyne Tribbey, who subbed into the game with about 14 minutes remaining. Coming in the 85th minute, Tribbey took a pass from classmate Dmitry Prokofyev in the box and was able to put the insurance goal past the York net minder to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 cushion. Tribbey's goal was his first of the season.
"We did well to get an early lead; however, our many missed opportunities and only a 1-0 score line gave York hope," said head coach Rawle Hensford. "But give the team credit, Saul came up big to stop the PK and the subs come off the bench to settle the team and seal the victory."
Perez earned his first career victory for BC, playing all 90 minutes in net, while tallying three saves, none bigger than the stop on the penalty shot, to notch his first career shutout. His counterpart, York's Leszek Stankiewicz, took the loss playing all 90 minutes in goal, allowing two goals, while recording six saves.
Brooklyn will be back in action this Monday, September 24th, as the Bulldogs will be on the road to take on borough rival Polytechnic Institute of New York University. The match is scheduled for a 7:00 pm start time at Aviator Sports Complex.