Aug. 27, 2012
Box Score (.pdf)
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -
Adriano Gabriele and Max Garcia each converted a penalty kick in the second half, and Michael Kuzan turned aside all four shots he faced as Seton Hall defeated Army, 2-0, in a non-conference men's soccer match Monday evening at Owen T. Carroll Field.
Following a scoreless first half, Gabrielle put Seton Hall (1-1-0) on the scoreboard in the 63rd minute when he successfully attempted his penalty kick. Then, with just 5:17 remaining in the contest, Garcia gave the Pirates some insurance with a PK of his own.
The Seton Hall defense did the rest, limiting Army's offense to just seven shots and four corner kicks in the match. Four of the Black Knights' shots made it on goal, but Kuzan was able to handle each of them cleanly in helping the Pirates to their first victory of the young season.
"Give credit to Seton Hall; they are dangerous at just about every position on the field and they made the most of the chances we gave them," said Army head coach Russell Payne. "We have to show more maturity defensively, and not give a good team like Seton Hall opportunities like we did tonight.
"Despite the result, I believe our guys will gain confidence from this match," added Payne. "I am extremely proud of the effort the team displayed tonight and we'll learn from the mistakes we made. We're a young team in a lot of ways and we're still figuring out how to win games against talented teams. I also think we grew as a group tonight due to the adversity we battle through as a team. We are determined to turn this negative into a positive, correct our mistakes and be ready for a good Iona team on Friday night."
Senior forward Trent Brown paced the Army offense with three shots in the contest. Two of Brown's three efforts were on goal. Senior midfielder Josh Koeppe and sophomore defender Sean Mogan each chipped in with two shots apiece.
Black Knight sophomore goalkeeper Winston Boldt, the reigning Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week, took the loss in the Army cage.
Seton Hall outshot Army, 6-2, in the first half. The Pirates also enjoyed a 2-1 edge in corner kicks during the opening stanza. The Black Knights bounced back in the second half, holding a 5-4 advantage in shots and a 3-0 margin in corners.
For the match, SHU led 10-7 in shots while Army held a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks. The physical contest also featured a total of 35 fouls and two cautions.
Army returns to the friendly confines of Clinton Field for a pair of matches over Labor Day Weekend. The Black Knights host Iona on Friday (Aug. 31) before facing Binghamton on Monday (Sept. 3).
Match Notes: Army dips to 23-2-1 all-time versus Seton Hall ... the Pirates have defeated the Black Knights each of the past two seasons ... Army was denied its first 2-0-0 start since 2007.