Brooklyn Comeback Attempt Comes Up Short; #6 BC Falls to #3 NJCU 4-3 in PK's
Newark, NJ --- The #6 seed Brooklyn College Bulldogs dropped a heartbreaker against the #3 seeded New Jersey City University Gothic Knights in the quarterfinals round of the 2012 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Metro Men's Soccer Tournament tonight at Alumni Field on the campus of Rutgers-Newark, as the Gothic Knights posted a 4-3 shootout victory.
Trailing 3-1 late in the game, Brooklyn notched a pair of key goals from freshman Oleg Tykhonravov (72nd minute) and senior Pajtim Gjonbalaj (86th minute) to tie the game at three all as the game would be forced into overtime. Sophomore Dedou Toure assisted on Gjonbalaj's goal and also registered a goal of his own in the first half, as he put BC on the scoreboard with his strike in the 32nd minute, which made the game 2-1 in favor of the Gothic Knights.
With neither team able to record the golden goal during the two overtime periods, the match headed into penalty kicks to decide the winner and which team would advance to the semifinals round of the ECAC Metro Tournament.
In the end, it would be NJCU edging out a 4-3 victory in the shootout to advance to the semifinals.
The Gothic Knights controlled most of the game, outshooting the Bulldogs 20-13 for the game. NJCU also held the corner kick advantage 10-2.
Junior Stamatis Boundouris played all 110 minutes in goal making five assists, while surrendering three goals. His counterpart, Sheldon Parkinson, also played all 110 minutes in net, giving up three goals and recording one save.
NJCU moves to 11-9-1 overall on the season and advances to the ECAC Metro semifinals to take on #2 Richard Stockton tomorrow, Saturday, November 10th at 3:30 pm at Gaelic Park in the Bronx, NY (Riverdale).
Brooklyn finishes the 2012 season with a 13-5-3 overall record, as the Bulldogs complete their most successful season since the program was reinstated in 1998. Head Coach Rawle Hensford, the 2012 City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) Coach of the Year, will look to make 2013 even more successful, as BC is set to return three CUNYAC First Team All-Stars in Boundouris, Peter Vavalle and Dmitry Prokofyev. Brooklyn is scheduled to lose seven players to graduation.