POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Marist men’s soccer team fell in a close match to Sacred Heart on Saturday evening, 2-1 at Tenney Stadium. Senior Greg Davis (Jamaica, N.Y) netted the goal for the Red Foxes in the 32nd minute.
“Honestly our start killed us tonight,” said head coach Matt Viggiano. “We gave up two goals in the first nine minutes. We had numerous chances but it’s too big of a hole to dig out of on a Division I level.”
The Pioneers put points on the board early and opened the scoring in the fifth minute. Goalkeeper Anthony Sokalski (London, Ontario) left his line to attempt the save but Sacred Heart’s Kafel Mahmoud put a foot on the ball before he could get there. Soon after, in the ninth minute, the Pioneers scored again to gain a 2-0 lead. Ronaldo Vieria crossed the ball across the box and Aaron Burrell took a hard shot past Sokalski’s outreached arms.
After much back and forth, Davis scored for Marist, cutting the deficit 2-1. Freshman Tudor Brata (Baia Mare, Romania) chipped the ball to Davis who headed the ball past Sacred Heart’s goalkeeper, Dylan Strachan, for the score.
The second half remained scoreless although both teams attempted six shots. Sokalski totaled four saves on the night.
The Red Foxes are back in action for a two game road slate: Sept. 27 at Brown and Oct. 5 at Rider. Marist returns home on Oct. 9 as the men’s soccer team faces Canisius from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.