Stony Brook, N.Y. - On a day in which the Stony Brook men's soccer team met a courageous 10-year-old Ecuadorean boy, who served as their honorary captain, the #Seawolves played inspired soccer and defeated Rhode Island, 1-0, on the strength of senior Will Casey's (Setauket, N.Y.) 49th minute goal.
Stony Brook improves to 2-2-0 on the season and drops Rhode Island to 1-3-0. The Seawolves have now won seven consecutive home non-conference matches in a row, dating back to the 2011 season.
Earlier in the day at Stony Brook Hospital, members of the team had gathered to surprise Kevin Rosero, who had come to the United States this past January with a facial deformity and will head home to his native Ecuador after Stony Brook doctors performed 10 surgeries to repair his lower lip.
Head Coach Ryan Anatol's Reaction "I thought the first 45 was probably some of the best soccer we've played all season. I thought we moved the ball well and created chances. Unfortunately, we didn't get one in the first half, but we felt as though it was coming. Will scored a good goal in the second half. Overall, it was a good performance.
"We had a great opportunity to meet Kevin today and learn about his story. It put a lot into perspective for our guys. There's ups and downs, highs and lows, but to really learn what he's been through, spend some time with him and see how positive he has been throughout it...it was an awesome experience."
Goal Recap In the 49th minute, the Seawolves had a throw-in opportunity on the far side. Sophomore Mario Mesen (Brujas, Costa Rica) made a far toss into the box, that Casey took a header shot on and placed the ball high into the far corner of the left post for a goal that was unplayable by the Rams goalkeeper.
The Numbers Game
The opportunities were near even, as Rhode Island outshot Stony Brook 13-12 overall and 7-4 on goal.
Both teams took five corner kicks.
Casey scored his fifth career goal and notched his third game-winner.
Mesen picked up his second assist of the season.
Redshirt freshman Jason Orban (Manorville, N.Y.) made a career-high six saves and earned his second career clean sheet.
News & Notes
This was the first-ever meeting on the soccer pitch between Stony Brook and Rhode Island.
The Seawolves have now won seven consecutive non-conference home matches, dating back to the 2011 season.
Stony Brook has won three straight matches against members of the Atlantic 10.
Up Next The Seawolves host Villanova Sunday at LaValle Stadium at 2 p.m.