November 7, 2012
Adelphi men rally past NJIT, 2-1
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – After spotting the New Jersey Institute of Technology a 1-0 lead, the Adelphi University men rallied for a 2-1 extratime win in their season finale on Senior Night on Tuesday night.
Senior Brandon Stoneham scored in the 106th minute for the Panthers (3-13) on Senior Night. NJIT dropped to 9-9 with one game remaining.
The Highlanders struck in the 13th minute as Enrique Hildago picked up a deflected pass from five yards in the center of the penalty area and fired it past goalkeeper Ahmad Salamah.
Adelphi kept it close with some help from the crossbar, as shots by Franco Gamero and Falk Siegel in the 31st and 36th minutes, respectively, bounded off the woodwork.
The Panthers offense, however, could do little damage as the hosts managed only one shot in the opening half, taken by senior James Diana in the fifth minute.
Adelphi showed much more aggression early in the second half and ots persistence paid off. While on a breakaway on the right side in the 55th minute, Omar Edwards ripped a shot from 15 yards to beat keeper Lars Maalen-Johansen for a 1-1 deadlock.
Both teams had numerous opportunities to break the tie in regulation. Salamah made three diving saves while on the other end of the field, a lunging header by Edwards missed wide left in the 77th minute. A Henderson Hewes shot was met by a diving Maalen-Johansen in the 80th minute.
Each squad held equal possession in the first extratime and neither side could get a shot on goal. The visitors had the first opportunity in the second extratime period and took three successive shots. Two were saved and the third bounced off the crossbar.
Stoneham, however, settled thing as he made a move down the left side in the 106th minute and hooked in the game-winner from 25 yards.
The Panthers were outshot, 21-7, as the visitors had more shots on goal, 6-3.
Salamah made five saves while Salamah made one.