Published: September 15, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook men's soccer team suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss to Villanova Sunday afternoon at LaValle Stadium despite near-even opportunities between the two teams.
The loss drops Stony Brook to 2-3-0 while Villanova improves to 2-2-1.
Head Coach Ryan Anatol's Reaction
"I was very happy with the performance, but it was a tough result because I felt this was our best performance of the season, especially the first 45 [minutes]. I thought we battled and we competed. We knew that Villanova would be fairly direct, and we did a good job winning some of those battles. At the end of the day, we gave up the goal on a restart and we have to do more to close games out."
In the 76th minute, Villanova set up a corner kick on the near side. Oscar Umar launched it towards the far side very close to the net, where Hayden Harr got a clear look at the ball and headed it in past the goalkeeper.
Stony Brook Chances
The Seawolves' two best chances to score came early on. In the seventh minute, sophomore Alejandro Fritz (Budapest, Hungary) crossed the ball from the near side into the box. A Villanova defender mistakenly kicked it right at his own net, but Wildcats goalkeeper Andrew Weakly made a stop on it. The rebounded landed on the foot of senior Will Casey (Setauket, N.Y.), but his open net shot was stopped a Wildcats defender for a team save.
In the 11th minute, senior Shane Wixted (Melbourne Beach, Fla.) had a free kick on the near side about 40 yards out. He sailed the kick right on target into the box to a waiting sophomore Martin Giordano (Weston, Fla.), but his fantastic header attempt was stopped point-blank by Weakly, as the goalkeeper got his hands up in time to push aside the attempt.
The Numbers Game
The chances were nearly even for the two teams; Villanova outshot Stony Brook overall 10-9, but the shots on goal were even 3-3.
Stony Brook had four corner kicks to Villanova's two.
News & Notes
Stony Brook falls to 0-2-0 all-time against Villanova.
The defeat snapped a seven-match home winning streak against non-conference opponents. The last such loss came against Sacred Heart exactly two years ago to the day, Sept. 15, 2011.
Stony Brook allowed an opponent to score a goal at home for the first time in the last 293:21 minutes played at LaValle Stadium. The last goal against the Seawolves at home came in the final home match of 2012 in the 62nd minute of Stony Brook's 5-4 overtime victory over Binghamton.
Stony Brook will play on Friday and Sunday again next weekend, facing Fordham on the road Friday night and then hosting Central Connecticut Sunday at LaValle Stadium at 2 p.m.