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Defense Shines In Iona Men Soccer's Win

Published: November 28, 2018

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.


  • Wednesday was Iona's first shutout win since Tuesday, Aug. 28 against Binghamton when the Gaels earned a 1-0 win in overtime. Junior Juan Alcantara had three saves in that victory.
  • Colombie had a team-best five goals and retook the points lead with 11.
  • Wednesday's penalty kick conversion was the first of Colombie's career. It is Iona's first since Sept. 13, 2016 when Oscar Gonzalez converted against the Stony Brook Seawolves on the road.
  • Iona had a 0.077 shot on goal percentage against the Bobcats, its lowest since Sept. 1 against La Salle (0.071).
  • The Maroon & Gold tied a season-high with four yellow cards in the match.
  • Quinnipiac's two shots on goal is tied for an Iona opponent-low this season. The other team to record just two shots on target was Canisius on Sept. 29.
  • Iona has now registered at least one points in each of its last six home matches. The only time it didn't was in its home-opener against La Salle (Sept. 1).


Iona battles against MAAC leading Manhattan at Gaelic Park on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 PM.


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