Brooklyn Opens 2013 Season with 2-0 Shutout Victory Over NJCU
Staten Island, NY --- The Brooklyn College Men's Soccer team (1-0) opened its 2013 campaign with an impressive 2-0 shutout win over the Gothic Knights of New Jersey City University (0-1) on Friday afternoon at the College of Staten Island Fall Classic.
Making his BC debut, junior goalkeeper Kamil Ostrowski totaled six saves, while playing all 90 minutes in net to record the shutout. His counterpart, NCJU's Nick Nardone also played all 90 minutes in goal, allowing two goals, to go with four saves.
The first half featured a tight defensive contest as both teams looked to gain the always vital opening goal.
The game would remain scoreless until the 45th minute, when Brooklyn's Kenny Benitez found the back of the net for his first collegiate goal to put the Bulldogs ahead, 1-0, right before the halftime horn.
The second half would feature much of the same, as BC would hold on to its slim 1-0 lead throughout the rest of the game, with its stout defense and timely saves by Ostrowski. Oleg Tykhonravov's goal in the 90th minute would seal the Bulldogs 2-0 shutout victory.
For the game, the Gothic Knights outshot the Bulldogs 16-9 and also held a 9-1 advantage in corker kicks. NJCU was also the more physical team, being whistled for 17 fouls, compared to 11 fouls by Brooklyn.
"We played a tough and well balanced team in NJCU," stated head coach Rawle Hensford. "We were able to settle our nerves and match their early intensity. An act of individual brilliance by Kenny (Benitez) put us up just before the half. We showed great resolve defensively throughout the second half and were able to kill off the game late, as they were pushing for the equalizer."
Brooklyn will conclude the CSI Fall Classic on Sunday, September 1st, as the Bulldogs will take on the Engineers of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The match is scheduled for a 2:00 pm start time in Staten Island.