The Central Connecticut men's soccer team had its second half rally fall short at St. Francis Brooklyn, falling 3-2 on Sunday in Brooklyn Heights, NY. The Blue Devils shutout the Terriers after halftime and made it a one-goal game, but were unable to find the equalizer.
Score: St. Francis Brooklyn 3, CCSU 2
Records: CCSU (3-10-1, 1-5-1 NEC), SFBK (7-4-4, 3-1-3 NEC)
Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park - Pier 5 | Brooklyn Heights, NY
- Daniel Wilmore made five saves in the opening half-hour of the game as CCSU and St. Francis were deadlocked for most of the first half.
- The teams erupted for a combined four goals in the final 14 minutes of the opening half. St. Francis Brooklyn opened the scoring with a pair of penalty kicks in a span of just over two minutes. Following a sharp save by Wilmore, a foul was called in the scramble for the loose ball. Khaled Abdella scored the ensuing kick at 31:18. He tacked on his second of the day at the 34:02 mark after a foul in the area resulted in another PK.
- The Blue Devils charged forward on the restart and drew a foul inside the penalty box. CCSU would get a goal back just 30 seconds later after Birk Martinsen calmly finished his chance to make it 2-1 at 34:38.
- Central would cut the deficit to 3-2 with just over a quarter-hour to play. After a foul near midfield, Martinsen played a long ball ahead on a quick restart and Taein Ka cut in from the left wing before sending a rocket to the far corner to make it a one-goal game.
- The Terriers defense would not allow the Blue Devils to put a shot on target over the final 15 minutes.
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3 - The first half featured three penalty kicks. The Blue Devils converted their chance from the spot and are 3-for-3 on penalty kicks on the season.
- St. Francis picked up its ninth consecutive victory in the series. Six of those games have been decided by one goal.
- Ka and Sean Gannon each had two shots to lead the CCSU attack.
- Wilmore finished with a career-high 11 saves for Central.