PIONEERS EARN HARD FOUGHT VICTORY OVER LOCAL RIVAL SUNYIT
Utica 1, SUNYIT 0 - Box Score
Utica, N.Y. (10/5/2011) – Sophomore forward Kevin McAllister‘s team-high sixth goal of the season 2:47 into the contest proved to be all the Utica College men’s soccer team would need to earn a 1-0 victory and snap visiting SUNYIT’s four game-winning streak Wednesday night.
The Pioneers’ (5-4) ended a two game skid and won their fifth contest of the season, as sophomore goalie Anthony Caruso earned his fifth shutout of the year.
UC, which had lost its last two games by the score of 1-0, was able to hold the Wilcats (5-5-1) scoreless in the physical contest.
Caruso made five stops in net for the Pioneers, including a few key saves in the second half, to earn his ninth career shutout.
Sophomore Jonathon Peterson executed a perfect give-and-go to set up McAllister for the only goal of the evening early in the first half.
The Pioneers outshot the visitors 18-8 on the afternoon, but only four of UC’s shots were on net, as Malick Faye registered three saves for SUNYIT.
The Wildcat’s were issued seven total cards, including a red card for their star player Diego Montaleza in the 78th minute, as SUNYIT was forced to play man-down soccer for the final 12 minutes.
Montaleza led the Wildcat’s with three shots on goal, while the Pioneers’ earned a 7-0 corner kick advantage on the evening.
UC moved its record to 6-1 against SUNYIT in the last seven meetings between the two squads.
The Pioneers remain in the hunt for their first Empire 8 Conference victory of the season on Saturday when they travel to Ithaca College to take on the Bombers at 1 p.m.