October 6, 2012

MEN’S SOCCER FALLS TO BENTLEY, 2-1, ON LAST-MINUTE GOAL

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Men's Soccer vs. Bentley - 10/6/12



Syracuse, N.Y. – Brennan DaCosta scored with just 56.1 seconds remaining to give Bentley University a 2-1 win over the Le Moyne College men's soccer team on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action at Ted Grant Field.

Each team was able to record six shots in the first half, but neither team could find the back of the net. The Falcons had the first scoring chance of the game as back Weston Zeiner headed a corner kick towards the top of the goal, but junior goalkeeper Matthew Silva (Brampton, Ontario/St. Augustine) was able to swat the ball over the crossbar at the 14:05 mark. Just over 12 minutes later, junior midfielder Zachary MacNabb (Clay, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse/UNC Pembroke) put on a shot on goal, but Bentley back Jordan Bridge cleared the ball from the open net. Bentley's Joe Avery sent a shot towards an open goal at the 29:31 mark, but senior back Bob Buchanan (Ballston Lake, N.Y./Shenendehowa) knocked the ball away.

After 25 minutes of scoreless action to start the second half, the Falcons netted the game's first goal. Justin Cirasola sent a pass from the middle of the field, 30 yards from the goal, into the penalty box, where Nicholas Italia sent a shot into the lower left corner of the goal at the 70:44 mark from 12 yards out on the right side of the box.

The Dolphins evened the score just over 10 minutes later. MacNabb carried the ball down the left edge of the penalty box before sending a crossing pass into the goal box. Sophomore midfielder Casey Murphy (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) charged into the box and headed the low pass into the right side of the goal for his team-best seventh goal of the season. Each of MacNabb's three assists this season has resulted in a goal by Murphy.

After the Dolphins cleared a Bentley corner kick with just over one minute to play, the Falcons regained control of the ball. Scott Levy sent the ball into the top right corner of the penalty box from the middle of the field. Bridge then kicked the bouncing ball in front of the goal, where redirected the ball out of the air with his left foot and into the right side of the goal.

Silva finished the game with five saves in suffering his seventh loss of the year. Alex Pilitsis earned the win between the pipes despite not making a save. The Dolphins posted a 10-9 edge in shots, while Bentley had a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks.

Le Moyne (4-7, 3-5 NE-10), which fell to Bentley for the first time since October 18, 2003 (8-0-1 in between losses) and lost at home to the Falcons for the first time since the 1998 season (7-0 in between home losses), closes out its non-conference schedule on Wednesday at Dominican at 3:00 p.m.