Benitez's Game-Winner Lifts Brooklyn Past York In CUNYAC Quarterfinals
Brooklyn, NY --- The Brooklyn College Men's Soccer team avoided a quarterfinals round upset on Wednesday afternoon at BC Field, as the #3 seeded Bulldogs scored a pair of second half goals to down the #6 seeded York College Cardinals, 2-1.
With the win, BC improves to 10-6-1 overall on the season and advances to the semifinals round to play against the #2 seed City College of New York (CCNY) Beavers. CCNY defeated #7 Lehman College, 2-1, in its quarterfinals round match to punch its ticket into the semifinals.
York finishes the season with a 6-11-1 overall record.
The Cardinals came into the game looking to spoil Brooklyn's hopes for a second straight semifinals appearance, as York's Jahwun Marshall put the visitors up 1-0 in the 24th minute, with Brian Broadbelt assisting on the score.
York would hold onto its 1-0 lead into the halftime break, as the Cardinals goalkeeper Leszek Stankiewicz made five key saves in the period to keep the Bulldogs off the scoreboard.
BC continued its search of the equalizer throughout the second half and would eventually get it in the 72nd minute, when senior Dmitry Prokofyev capitalized on a penalty kick opportunity coming from a foul in the box. For Prokofyev, it was his sixth PK conversion of the season and his 16th goal on the year.
With the game tied at 1-1, York would have its own chance at a penalty kick opportunity in the 75th minute, as BC was given a yellow card for a foul in the box. Oluwaseun Ogundele stepped up with a chance to regain the lead for York; however, Brooklyn's keeper Kamil Ostrowski had other ideas, as the junior from Warsaw, Poland came up with a huge save to keep the game tied at one. The Cardinals would have a chance at a rebound opportunity, but York's Michael Delgado sent a shot wide.
As the clock continued to count down the zero with the game looking to head into overtime, freshman Kenny Benitez, who came into the game in the second half as a sub, would be the hero of the game as he took a pass from sophomore Oleg Tykhonravov near the top of the box and sent a shot over Stankiewicz and into the back of the net for the eventual game-winner in the 87th minute.
For the game, BC held the shooting advantage, 26-16, and the corner kick advantage, 6-2. The match also featured a physical affair with 36 total fouls called.
Ostrowski played all 90 minutes in net, recording seven saves; none bigger than the penalty kick save. His counterpart, Stankiewicz also played all 90 minutes in goal registering 10 saves.
Brooklyn has now advanced to the semifinals round for a second straight year and will once again play CCNY, a rematch of last year's semifinals, where BC defeated CCNY, 1-0. During their regular season meeting on October 23rd, the team's played to a 1-1 tie.