BROOKLYN, N.Y. – St. Francis (N.Y.)’s Gabriel Bagot scored the game-winning goal in the 84th minute as the Terriers defeated the Monmouth University men’s soccer team, 2-1, Friday night at the Aviator Sports & Recreation Center. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 9-4-3 (4-2-2 NEC), while the Terriers improve to 7-8-1 (4-4-0 NEC).
The Terriers struck first in the 31st minute when Adam Maabdi scored his seventh goal of the season off a Kevin Correa feed. Monmouth wasted little time finding the equalizer, when Ryan Clark (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township) dished out his team-leading sixth assist of the season on a cross to set up Andres Penfold (Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale) for his second tally of the year in the 35th minute.
In the 67th minute, the Terriers were awarded a penalty kick, but for the second time this season, senior goalkeeper Alex Blackburn (Natick, Mass./Natick) was equal to the task, making the save to keep the score knotted at 1-1.
But in the 84th minute, after a series of earlier saves by Blackburn, Bagot beat the Hawks’ goalkeeper for the game-winner. Viktor Bakkioui was credited with the assist.
Blackburn made a career-high nine saves in defeat, while his counterpart, Tyler Clarhaut, made five stops to earn the win. For the game, the Terriers took an 18-10 advantage in shots, while each team attempted five corner kicks.
The Hawks return to NEC action on the road in Brooklyn Sunday, when they travel to LIU Brooklyn. Kickoff from LIU Field is scheduled for noon.