Published: September 22, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Despite a strong second half and garnering more of the opportunities throughout the match, the Stony Brook men's soccer team fell short of getting the ball into the net, dropping a 2-0 decision to Central Connecticut Sunday afternoon at LaValle Stadium.
Head Coach Ryan Anatol's Reaction
"I didn't think it was a good enough performance, especially in the first 45. I didn't think we came out with enough energy and we got behind. The positive is we responded in the second half. We came out, especially in the first 10-15 minutes, we were all over them. When you don't show up in the first 45 and you let a team get on top of you, it's hard to respond and ultimately we didn't do enough."
In the 15th minute, Central Connecticut was playing the ball in the midfield. Zach Zurita received a pass at the middle of the field 40 yards away from the net. He dribbled in 15 yards, beat his defender and smacked a kick high into the back near corner of the net that the Seawolves could not defend.
In the 74th minute, Zurita dribbled on the far end and crossed a low liner into the box that Eddy Bogle one-timed on a slide kick past the keeper for a goal.
Stony Brook Chances
Stony Brook's best chance came in the 48th minute when a corner kick resulted in senior Will Casey (Setauket, N.Y.) heading the ball towards the far corner of the net. It would have gotten past the goalkeeper, but a Blue Devils defender was playing the line and stopped it with his foot before it could go for a goal.
The Numbers Game
Stony Brook outshot Central Connecticut 16-14, but the Blue Devils had more shots on goal, 7-3.
Casey, sophomore Alejandro Fritz (Budapest, Hungary) and freshman Jorge Torres (Miami, Fla.) produced Stony Brook's shots on goal.
The Seawolves had seven corner kicks to Central Connecticut's five.
Redshirt freshman Jason Orban (Manorville, N.Y.) made five saves in net.
The Seawolves were shut out for the fourth time this season.
News & Notes
Stony Brook suffered a loss to Central Connecticut for the first time in program history. The Seawolves are now 1-1-2 against the Blue Devils.
The Seawolves have dropped consecutive non-conference home matches for the first time since losing four straight from the end of 2008 to the middle of 2009.
Stony Brook will head north next weekend to face defending CAA champion Northeastern Saturday in Brookline, Mass., at 6 p.m.