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Men’s Soccer Ends Season in Loss at ECAC Tournament

The BC men's soccer team struggled against William Paterson University in Saturday's loss, and ended its season after qualifying for the CUNYAC Tournament and ECAC Tournament. PHOTO/ Damion Reid
The BC men’s soccer team struggled against William Paterson University in Saturday’s loss, and ended its season after qualifying for the CUNYAC Tournament and ECAC Tournament. PHOTO/ Damion Reid

By Samip Delhiwala

Published: November 15th, 2017

Two weeks after a heartbreaking loss in the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) Semifinal match against John Jay College, the Bulldogs hoped to exact their revenge and redeem themselves. But the competition proved to be too much to handle, and the Bulldogs went down for good in a blowout, season-ending loss.

The Brooklyn College men’s soccer team (9-9-2, 6-2 in conference) fell to William Paterson University (11-6-3), 0-4, on Saturday afternoon in Wayne, NJ in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Quarterfinal match to cap off a relatively successful season.

The William Paterson Pioneers started out very strong, and quickly drew first blood at the 2:30 mark after sophomore midfielder Darwin Cruz fired the game-winner into the net off of an assist by Cameron Allen to put his team up 1-0.

But the Bulldogs looked stagnant on offense, and did not attempt their first shot until freshman Brian Navarrete’s shot on goal at 15:26, which was saved by the Pioneers’ Kyle Quigley.

BC heavily relied on its defense for the next eight minutes, but the team eventually faltered and picked up a foul at 23:44. Cruz nailed the penalty kick for his second goal of the match, and the Bulldogs trailed 0-2.

The Bulldogs’ blunders didn’t end there.

Just 26 seconds after the penalty kick, the Pioneers managed to take a commanding 3-0 lead after the Bulldogs’ defense sent a header into their own net.

Frustrations began to mount for BC, as Jean-Luc Saint-Fleur was yellow-carded less than two minutes later. But the Bulldogs were able to maintain their poise on defense despite a large deficit, to keep the Pioneers scoreless for another 17 minutes. The offense continued to struggle, however, as CUNYAC Rookie of the Year Azizjon Ziyaev failed to score on goal at 43:08 after Quigley saved another shot.

Then, just 45 seconds later, the Bulldogs fell apart completely.

BC’s defense allowed the Pioneers’ offense to shift field position in a matter of seconds, which allowed Zach Perez to drop in another goal off of an assist by Dante Petrocelli to increase WPU’s lead to 4-0.

The second period featured much more effort from the Bulldogs’ defense, but their offense continued to struggle. WPU substituted in Tim Morris as goalkeeper, who notched three saves to keep the Bulldogs scoreless. With the outcome all but determined, the remainder of the period showcased BC’s frustration with the match after Saint-Fleur was red-carded in the 87th minute.

The Bulldogs only attempted six shots compared to WPU’s 15, but both teams had five on goal.

Ziyaev led the Bulldogs’ anemic offense with two shots, both on goal, but goalkeeper Utku Tanritanir struggled as he failed to pick up a single save.

Cruz’s two goals gave him seven on the season, while Perez’s was his second.

Despite the loss, the Bulldogs enjoyed a much more successful season compared to last year. The team finished with a .500 overall record and dominated conference play after finishing 7-10-2 overall last year. The team also made it to the CUNYAC Semifinal match after losing in the Quarterfinal match last season.

WPU will move on to play in the ECAC Semifinal match.

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