Two Second Half Goals Lift Brooklyn Past Maritime
Brooklyn, NY --- A pair of second half goals coming from junior Dmitry Prokofyev and senior Pajtim Gjonbalaj helped propel the Brooklyn College Men's Soccer team over the Privateers of SUNY Maritime College, 2-0, this afternoon at Brooklyn College Field. The win also keeps Brooklyn unbeaten at home this season, as the Bulldogs move to 6-0-1 in their first season on their newly constructed field.
Overall on the season BC is now 9-4-2, while Maritime drops to 7-8-1 overall on the year.
The Bulldogs controlled the majority of the first half as BC set the offensive tempo from the opening whistle, which resulted in a 12-1 shot advantage for the home team. Brooklyn had a number of scoring chances in the period; however, they would be denied by a stingy Privateers defense that blocked a number of BC shots. Maritime's goalkeeper Karl Weber also made four key saves in the half.
With neither team able to get on the board; both teams would head into the halftime break in a scoreless tie.
Brooklyn would continue to push the tempo in the second half, this time facing a different keeper, as the Privateers' John Dunne starting the second stanza.
The Bulldogs would eventually get to Dunne, as Gjonbalaj found an open Prokofyev, who drilled home the first goal of the day, to put BC up 1-0 in the 56th minute of play.
Gjonbalaj would later notch his team-leading ninth goal of the season in the 61st minute, as the senior was in the right spot at the right time, to knock home a rebound opportunity, putting Brooklyn up 2-0.
The two goal deficit would be too much for the Privateers to overcome, as the BC defense stifled the Maritime offense, allowing the visitors to take just six shots (three on goal) in the match.
Brooklyn junior goalkeeper Stamatis Boundouris played all 90 minutes in between the pipes for the Bulldogs registering three saves en route to his third shutout victory of the season. Weber played the first 45 minutes recording four saves, while Dunne played the final 45 minutes, allowing both goals and tallying three saves.
BC returns to the pitch on Wednesday, October 17th, as the Bulldogs will travel across the Verrazano Bridge, to take on conference rival College of Staten Island, in the final City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) match of the regular season. The game is slated for a 3:30 pm start time.