Brooklyn Tops John Jay 5-3, Moves into Second Place in CUNYAC
Brooklyn, NY --- In a match up between two of the top teams in the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC), the Brooklyn College Men's Soccer team downed the Bloodhounds of John Jay College of Criminal Justice by a score of 5-3 this afternoon at Brooklyn College Field.
With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 8-4-2 overall and 4-1-2 in the CUNYAC; while the Bloodhounds drop to 5-8-3 overall and 4-2-2 in conference play. Both teams are now tied for second place with 14 total points; however, BC still has one remaining conference game left in the regular season.
The Bulldogs did not waste much time in getting on the scoreboard, as junior Dmitry Prokofyev took a pass from senior Alwyn Adams and slid a shot past the diving keeper to put Brooklyn up 1-0 in the third minute of play.
John Jay would answer minutes later, as BC failed to clear the ball following a John Jay corner kick, which allowed the Bloodhounds' Ratko Rakocevic to put away the free ball for the equalizer in the 12th minute of play.
The game would not be tied for long, as Adams received a long pass down the middle of the field from junior Peter Vavalle to beat the keeper one-on-one and put the Bulldogs up 2-1 in the 16th minute.
The Bulldogs offense would continue to push the tempo, as senior Pajtim Gjonbalaj, who received a pass from junior Peterson Petit Frere, muscled through the Bloodhounds defense to knock home his eighth goal of the season in the 40th minute, giving Brooklyn a 3-1 cushion heading into the halftime break.
Coming in the 68th minute, John Jay took advantage of a handball call in the box, giving the Bloodhounds a penalty kick opportunity. Justin Orsino took full advantage of the opportunity, capitalizing on the penalty kick to cut John Jay's deficit to 3-2.
With the Bloodhounds looking to find their second equalizer of the game, Adams notched two goals in the period, one in the 73rd minute and then another in the 89th minute, to put the Bulldogs up 5-2. Petit Frere and freshman Oleg Tykhonravov assisted on both goals. The three goals on the day for Adams marked his second straight game with a hat trick.
John Jay would add on a final goal in the 89th minute as well, as Nermin Kurtesi's free kick found an open Korede Griffith, who put the ball in the back of the net to make it 5-3 in favor of the home Bulldogs.
The Bloodhounds would run out of time, as BC would go on to take the match 5-3.
The game was very tight throughout, as both teams accumulated 19 shots apiece. The Bulldogs held the corner kick advantage 8-4 and were whistled for 19 fouls, compared to the Bloodhounds' 13 fouls.
Brooklyn junior keeper Stamatis Boundouris played all 90 minutes in net, allowing three goals to go along with 10 saves; while his counterpart, Vitecha Kochaon also played all 90 minutes, allowing five goals, to go with four saves.
"I'm proud of the way the guys played today," said head coach Rawle Hensford. "Our attack was very dynamic. Going forward we took our chances well; however, we need to do better defensively to prevent goals off of set pieces."
Brooklyn will look to continue its strong play at home, where the Bulldogs currently boast an unbeaten 5-0-1 record, as BC will welcome non-conference rival Maritime College on Monday, October 15th. The game is scheduled for a 4:00 pm start time at Brooklyn College Field.