NEW ROCHELLE, NY – The defense ratcheted up for the Iona Men's Soccer team in a 1-0 win against Quinnipiac on Wednesday afternoon. The Gaels allowed just two shots on goal and handed the Bobcats their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference loss of the season.
The Maroon & Gold did not allow a shot from Quinnipiac until the 23' when Matthew Taylor had an attempt blocked. The Gaels had three off-target shots that all took place between the 8' and 11'.
The first fantastic scoring chance of the game came in the 32'. Senior forward Killian Colombie had a shot from point-blank range, inside six yards, that was robbed by Quinnipiac's keeper Jared Mazzola. He dove to his right and momentarily kept Iona off the board.
Colombie earned a third chance to score in the game in the 34'. With 33:34 off the block, sophomore Najim Romero drew a foul just inside the 18-yards box that resulted in a penalty kick chance. Head Coach James Hamilton made the call to put Colombie on the dot and it resulted in the game-winning strike.
A tsunami of commotion happened between the 54' and 60'. Rookie Mauro Bravo had a shot that went high to begin the barrage, and soon after it was a monster of a squandered opportunity for the Gaels. Iona had a two-on-none break that resulted in junior defender Malcolm Moreno missing-aiming a shot high.
Sophomore Giuliano Santucci came up massive for the Gaels after the missed score chance. He made both of his saves in a 120 second span, halting shots from Salah Oumorou and Romain Daniellou.
The final 30 minutes of the match swayed more toward the Maroon & Gold. Rookie Esad Mackic, sophomore Tomas Jamett and senior Rory Head had shots that were saved by Mazzola.
Iona battles against MAAC leading Manhattan at Gaelic Park on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 PM.
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