POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Marist men’s soccer team earned its first win of the 2013 season Saturday night in its home opener against the University of New Hampshire. Steven Arraiano (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) and Nick Bramall (Newburgh, N.Y.) scored one goal each for the Red Foxes in the 2-0 victory.
“It was good to come home and get our first victory,” said head coach Matt Viggiano. “It’s always good to get a win at home. We played with a lot of composure, especially in the second half. They made things tough on us, but we played how we wanted to play and we got the result we deserved. I’m very proud of the guys tonight.”
The first half of the game was competitive, resulting in a total of ten shots between the two teams. Goalkeeper Anthony Sokalski (London, Ontario) recorded six saves in the first half. The match remained scoreless heading into halftime.
Shortly into the second half, a Wildcat forward placed a hard shot on goal and in a great defensive effort, Matty Berman (West Orange, N.J.) deflected the shot to keep the game tied at zero.
Marist would score its first goal of the season, and the night, in the 65th minute. Myles Ashong (Pleasant Valley, N.Y.) crossed the ball through a crowd in the box and Arraiano put a foot on it to place a hard goal in the bottom left corner. The Red Foxes now led the Wildcats 1-0 with 25 minutes remaining.
“It felt really great to score the first goal,” said Arraiano. “We haven’t scored in the last four games, so getting a goal at home for our first win is one of the best feelings ever.”
Less then ten minutes later, New Hampshire fouled and Marist had a free kick from 35 yards out. Bramall took the kick and placed the ball over Wildcat goalkeeper Giovani Riello and off the post for the goal to give Marist a 2-0 lead.
New Hampshire attempted five shots in the second half but were unable to place the ball past Sokalski, who totaled eight saves in his first shutout this season.
“You always want to protect your home,” said Sokalski. “We started off not that well in the beginning of the season but we needed to win this to get momentum going into our next game. It felt great to get this home win.”
The Red Foxes are home for their next two games: Sept. 17 (Hartford) and Sept. 21 (Sacred Heart). Kickoff for both games is scheduled for 7 p.m at Tenney Stadium.