Poultney, VT – The SUNY men's soccer team scored two goals in each half as they went on the road to defeat Green Mountain College, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon at Eagle Game Field. The win improves the Roos to 2-2, while the loss drops the Eagles to 0-3.
Hunter Mowery (Elizabethtown, NY) scored first on a deep lob into the box that evaded Green Mountain keeper Kevin Purdy at the 11:49 mark. Mowery served the ball into the box and with several Roos converging on the ball Purdy got crossed up with his defenders and had the ball skip past him.
After several other scoring opportunities, including two shots by junior forward Abdulai Jagana (Bronx, NY) which hit posts, the Roos managed to increase their lead to 2-0 just before halftime when sophomore forward Nick Escalante (Whittier, CA) raced behind the defense to collect a long served ball, made a couple moves to clear himself from the keeper and fired a ball into the open net.
SUNY Canton was the aggressor in the opening frame, outshooting the Eagles 13-3.
In the 67th minute GMC's David Sylvester ripped a shot past Canton keeper Jamie Stevens (Hudson, NY), but the ball struck the post and caromed away from the net. The Roos quickly responded with a counter attack that increased the lead to 3-0 when
Tyler Gallagher (Potsdam, NY) redirected a pass from Mowery behind the Eagle netminder.
Green Mountain finally got on the board in the 71st minute as senior defender Tyler Lawson found himself in space from about 30 yards out and struck a perfect drive that just cleared a leaping Stevens' outstretched arm to close the gap to 3-1.
Jagana finally found some luck in the dying minutes of the game as he delivered a low line shot off of a pass from Prince Adjei (Bronx, NY) past a diving Purdy to close out the scoring at 4-1.
SUNY Canton outshot GMC on the afternoon 22-10. Escalante and Jagana paced the Roos' offense with three shots each, while Nate Laymon also struck for three shots on net for the Eagles.
Stevens (1-0-0) turned aside two shots on net for his first collegiate victory. Purdy (0-2-0) made six saves in defeat for the Eagles.
SUNY Canton returns to action Saturday as it visits Houghton College at 12:00 p.m.