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Men's Soccer Rally Falls Short at St. Francis Brooklyn, 3-2

Birk Martinsen converted his third goal of the year Sunday (Steve McLaughlin Photography)
Birk Martinsen converted his third goal of the year Sunday (Steve McLaughlin Photography)

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.

GAME INFORMATION
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
 
KEY MOMENTS
  • 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.

NUMBER TO KNOW

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.

NOTES

  • 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. 
UP NEXT
The Blue Devils wrap up the regular season at home against Sacred Heart on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 4:30 p.m.

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