Wick Drops 2-1 Game to St. Francis Brooklyn

September 26, 2017

           BROOKLYN, NY – Hartwick fell 2-1 to host St. Francis Brooklyn on Tuesday night at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5. The Terriers scored once in each half to take a two-goal lead before the Hawks climbed back into the match with 15 minutes ago. ’Wick couldn’t get the tying goal despite a couple of chances down the stretch as it fell to 4-5 on the season.

            Ali Tounkara broke the ice for the Terriers at the 31:10 mark as he took a pass from Amir Islami and fired home for a 1-0 lead. It would mark the lone goal in the half with St. Francis Brooklyn controlling play with a 10-2 advantage in shots.

            The second half was a different story as the Hawks dominated the possession. However, it was the Terriers, against the run of play, who would get the opening goal of the second frame. Dominick Falanga received a cross from Federico Curbelo at the top of the 18-yard box and crushed a ball into the far corner for the 2-0 lead. It would mark the only shot of the half for the hosts.

            Hartwick, which out-shot the Terriers 9-1 in the final 45 minutes, pressed for its opening goal and finally was rewarded at 74:15. A free kick from Hamish Ritchie (Aberdeen, Scotland/Aboyne Academy) found Johnny McBeth (Glasgow, Scotland/Upper Iowa University) on the far post. His far-post header floated over the head of Terrier keeper Roberto Bazzichetto and was touched in by Sun Belt Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week Jamie O’Grady (Falkirk, Scotland/Falkirk HS) for his seventh goal of the year.

            McBeth would have a long-range effort knocked down by Bazzichetto with four and a half minutes to go in the match. Bazzichetto pounced on the ball before O’Grady had a chance at a rebound. O’Grady had the final chance with a header on frame with 30 seconds to play but the Terrier keeper made a comfortable save and secured the win.

            Both teams had 11 shots in the contest. Lenny Wilson (Aberdeen, Scotland/Cults Academy) stopped three shots for Hartwick in goal. Bezzichetto finished the night with six saves for St. Francis Brooklyn.

            Hartwick returns to Elmore for its next game on Saturday before getting the conference slate underway. The Hawks host winless Bryant (0-7) at 5 p.m.

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