POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Marist men’s soccer team (5-4-3, 1-2-1 MAAC), down a man for the end of the first half and all of the second half, fell to Quinnipiac (6-4-2, 3-0-1 MAAC) Wednesday night at Tenney Stadium by a score of 4-2.
Quinnipiac forward Raphael Carvalho opened the scoring just two minutes into the game after a touch pass from the MAAC’s leading point man, Machel Baker left him free in space.
Scoring in the first half went back and forth as senior midfielder Dylan Lee (Middlegrove, N.Y.) tied the score at 1-1 in the 18th minute off a cross from junior midfielder Steven Arraiano (Putnam Valley, N.Y.).
A header in the box from Quinnipiac’s Baker just three minutes later would give the Bobcats the lead again until a penalty kick in the 37th minute by freshman midfielder Erik Dahl (Helsingborgs, Sweden) sent the game into the half tied at two.
The Bobcats opened the scoring in the second half with a 59th minute goal that would end up being the game winner. A deflected cross in the box from Quinnipiac’s Ryan Scheiderman found the foot of Carvalho for his second goal of the game. Quinnipiac’s James Doig would add another goal in the 66th minute off a long free kick to push the lead further.
The Red Foxes poured 25 shots on net, 10 in the second half as they tried to mount a comeback but the two second half goals from the Bobcats proved to be the deciding factor as the Red Foxes pressed but left the game empty handed.
“You have to go out and fight and have an edge to win points, that’s what this conference is all about,” said head coach Matt Viggiano when asked how to rebound from two conference losses. “Crazier things happen all the time, just be mentally tough and keep fighting.”
The Red Foxes hit the road for three conference games starting with a matchup against Saint Peter’s (2-10-0, 0-4-0 MAAC) on Saturday, Oct. 18 in Jersey City, N.J.