Thursday, September 2, 2010

Schlesinger's Game Winner Lifts Men's Soccer Past Hofstra In Overtime, 1-0

Hempstead, N.Y. - Sophomore Kyle Schlesinger (Selden, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal with just 51 seconds left in the first overtime to lead the Stony Brook men's soccer team to a 1-0 win over Long Island rival Hofstra in the season opener for both teams. Sophomore Stefan Manz (Bronx, N.Y.) made six saves, four in the second half, to keep Hofstra scoreless.

With just under a minute to play in the first overtime, Hofstra's free kick eventually was handled by senior Greg Tinari (Holbrook, N.Y.). Junior Wilber Bonilla (Brentwood, N.Y.) took the ball, creating a counter attack. Bonilla sent the ball to redshirt freshman Marc Godelman (Paramus, N.J), whose service into the box was put home by a streaking Schlesinger. It was Schlesinger's second goal of his career.

The Pride had the first five shots of the second half, but the Seawolves, who totaled 13 shots on Wednesday night, tallied eight in the second half.

Manz made two brilliant saves in the first half as a Seawolves defender deflected a ball off the post, but Manz made a diving save on Mike Annarumma's rebound. Stephan Barea, who scored against Stony Brook last season, also had an opportunity but Manz was there for the stop.

Freshman Glenn Whelan (Forest Hills, N.Y.) came off the bench and led all players with three shots. Stony Brook had nine corner kicks to Hofstra's two.

The Seawolves are back in action when they travel to Pennsylvania for the Lafayette Soccer Classic. They face the host Leopards on Friday at 5:00 pm.