September 1, 2012
SOME EXTRA EFFORT
Abreu boosts Stony Brook men in OT
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook senior forward Raphael Abreu scored 3:43 into extratime to lift the Seawolves to a 1-0 win over Lehigh in their home opener at LaValle Stadium Friday night.
"I thought it was a good performance by our guys," Stony Brook coach Ryan Anatol said. "Our pressure was good and we created a lot of chances as a result of that. We knew we were wearing them down. We felt as though the more we continued to create chances that one would come and we finally got one in overtime."
After a Seawolves throw-in, senior Leonardo Fernandes (North Babylon, N.Y.) played the ball about 40 yards away from the net. He passed to a streaking senior Kyle Schlesinger (Selden, N.Y.), who passed to Abreu (New York, N.Y.)> Abreu slipped through two defenders. Goalkeeper Ciaran Nugent tried to snatch the ball, but Abreu got to it and then had an open look at the net, burying the ball in the top left corner as his momentum drove him left.
The goal was the fifth game-winner and 14th overall of Abreu's career.
Junior goalkeeper Carlos Villa (Caracas, Venezuela) made six saves for his second clean sheet of the season.
The win was the first for Stony Brook in extratime since a 1-0 win over Hofstra on Sept. 1, 2010. Schelsinger scored the game-winner in that game with only 51 seconds remaining in the first extratime.
The victory also was Stony Brook's first over Lehigh. SB is 1-1-1 against the Mountain Hawks.
Stony Brook plays in the Kentucky Invitational next weekend, but will not face the host Wildcats. The Seawolves take on Charlotte, last season's NCAA Division I Tournament runner-up, Friday at 4:30 p.m., and face Saint Joseph's Sunday at noon.