One can say there was a hint of Déjà vu as members of the Stony Brook University Club Soccer team entered Hofstra University on Sunday. One year prior, Hofstra hosted the Seawolves in their season opener of the New York Collegiate Club Soccer League. With a last second goal by Hofstra, the Seawolves left Hempstead with a 1-1 tie and their pockets picked.
The Seawolves faced off against Hofstra thrice more during the 2011-2012 season, yet never finding the edge to best our Long Island neighbors. All of this, however, was erased in a brilliant 90 minutes of play by the Seawolves which resulted in 2-0 victory in their favor.
Stony Brook could not have come out stronger in their inaugural match of the Region One Collegiate Club Soccer League, a newly formed league which spans from Southern Maryland to Northern Maine. As the Seawolves found their footing on the foreign surface known as “AstroTurf,” the quality of play seemed to be improving by the minute.
In the 35th minute of the game, Seawolf possession was at an all-time high. Forward Marco Daub received a pass at the top of the 18 and before he could turn towards goal, was brought down by a Hofstra defender. Midfielder captain Angel Aguirre set up the free kick with one thing in mind, to get the lead. He was able to do just that as he floated a ball towards the left corner of the goal where he met the charging head of Daub who tucked the ball away upper 90 past the keeper’s reach.
Shortly after the halftime whistle blew, but all one could really notice was the hunger in the Seawolves eyes to return to the pitch. This hunger was fed as Stony Brook wasted no time in finding the back of the net yet again. In the 65th minute, defender Jacob Labriola intercepted a ball on the outside, and with a fearless drive up the left flank found the foot of midfielder Phillip Borzumato. Borzumato, with a side of trickery, dummied the ball and spun past a dumbstruck Hofstra defender. Borzumato then connected with a crashing Daub to make the score 2 to nil, the score which held true until the final whistle.
Much praise should also go to the fullbacks David Song, Erick Martinez, Nicholas Leask and enforcer Josef Gaster who showcased a solid display of defense throughout the match. Freshman goalie Kevin Mulder is also credited with the shutout after a half dozen spectacular saves.
Come out and support the Seawolves in their next match against Sacred Heart 12 Noon on Sunday Sept. 16th at the Stony Brook University South P Lot Soccer Fields.