WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Marist men’s soccer team fell on the road to Army in a 2-0 decision Wednesday evening at Clinton Field. Senior goalkeeper Anthony Sokalski (London, Ontario) recorded six saves.
"I thought we played a competitive first half," said head coach Matt Viggiano. "We fell asleep in the second half which gave Army the momentum. They're undefeated, so they have a lot of confidence. With our short handed bunch it was too much to come back from."
Sokalski had several impressive stops, including a diving save off a close range shot in the 9th minute to avoid an early deficit. Later, in the 36th minute, Sokalski ran from his post to collide with an Army forward to keep the score tied 0-0 heading into halftime.
The Red Foxes recorded seven shots in the first half but were unable to put the ball behind Army goalkeeper Winston Boldt. Gerry Ceja (Port Chester, N.Y.), Greg Davis (Jamaica, N.Y), and Evan Southworth (Newburgh, N.Y.) each recorded a shot on goal.
The Knights took a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the second half off a goal from Ethan Spivack. Later, in the 59th minute, Joseph Chabries placed the ball in the net, increasing Army’s lead to two.
The match was aggressive, including three yellow cards total between the two squads. Army had fifteen fouls, creating several free kick opportunities for Marist in Knights’ territory but the Red Foxes were unable to convert.
Marist concludes a four-game road trip on Saturday Sept. 14 with its home opener against New Hampshire. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Tenney Stadium.