POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Marist men’s soccer team fell 1-0 in an overtime heartbreaker to Hartford on Tuesday night. Goalkeeper Anthony Sokalski (London, Ontario) recorded five saves for the Red Foxes.
“It’s a shame that the game ended the way it did,” said head coach Matt Viggiano. “We dominated much of the game. When we headed to the locker room, I told the guys we need to learn two lessons: we have to put goals away when we have chance and we have to do everything in our power to not give up goals on a counter. That’s the cruelty of our sport; there are not many goals so you have to score when you have the chance.”
The game remained scoreless throughout the first half. Hartford recorded three shots while Marist attempted six. Each keeper recorded one save heading into halftime.
The second half of play was aggressive on both sides of the field. The Hawks earned four yellow cards while the Red Foxes tallied two. A combined ten shots were attempted in the second half but neither team converted as regulation ended.
In the 96th minute of the game, a Hartford forward attempted a hard shot to the bottom left corner and Sokalski made an acrobatic save to block the goal and force a second overtime.
The Hawks posted the game-winning goal in the 104th minute of double overtime. Hartford’s Anthony Santaga attempted a shot that was subsequently blocked by Sokalski. Aleko Petridis was in the right place for the Hawks and slammed the deflection into the left corner past Sokalski’s hands for the 1-0 victory.
The Red Foxes play their third home game in a row on Saturday, Sept. 21 against Sacred Heart. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Tenney Stadium.