October 13, 2012
HATS OFF -- AGAIN
2nd hat-trick in a row for Brooklyn's Adams
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- In a match-up between two of the top teams in the City University of New York Athletic Conference, the Brooklyn College men downed the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 5-3, at Brooklyn College Field on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Alwyn Adams led the Bulldodgs with his second consecutive hat-trick.
The Bulldogs, who are unbeaten in six home games (5-0-1), improved to 8-4-2 overall and 4-1-2 in the CUNYAC while the Bloodhounds dropped to 5-8-3 overall and 4-2-2 in conference play. Both teams are tied for second place with 14 points. BC still has one remaining conference game left in the regular season.
The Bulldogs did not waste much time in getting on the scoreboard, as junior Dmitry Prokofyev took a pass from Adams and slid a shot past the diving goalkeeper in the third minute.
John Jay answered in the 12th minute as BC failed to clear the ball following a John Jay corner kick, which allowed the Bloodhounds' Ratko Rakocevic to put away the free ball for the equalizer.
The game was not be tied for long, as Adams received a long pass down the middle of the field from junior Peter Vavalle to beat the keeper 1 v 1 and put the Bulldogs up 2-1 in the 16th minute.
The Bulldogs offense continued to push the tempo, as senior Pajtim Gjonbalaj, who received a pass from junior Peterson Petit Frere, muscled through the defense to knock home his eighth goal of the season in the 40th minute, giving Brooklyn a 3-1 cushion.
After a handball was called in the penalty area. Justin Orsino converted the ensuing penalty kick to cut the deficit to 3-2.
With the Bloodhounds looking to find their second equalizer of the game, Adams scored twice, one in the 73rd minute, another in the 89th minute, to put the Bulldogs up 5-2. Petit Frere and freshman Oleg Tykhonravov assisted on both goals.
John Jay added a final goal in the 89th minute as well, as Nermin Kurtesi's free kick found an open Korede Griffith, who put the ball in the back of the net.
Brooklyn junior keeper Stamatis Boundouris made 10 saves, while his counterpart, Vitecha Kochaon had four saves.
“I'm proud of the way the guys played today,” BC coach Rawle Hensford said. “Our attack was very dynamic. Going forward we took our chances well; however, we need to do better defensively to prevent goals off of set pieces.”
BC will welcome non-conference rival Maritime College on Monday at 4 p.m.