PATCHOGUE, N.Y. — In their first game of the SJC Long Island Tournament, the St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) men's soccer team (1-3) took on York College (N.Y.) (1-2) at Danzi Stadium on Saturday afternoon and used four second-half goals to seal their first win of 2018. Kenneth Garcia (Elmhurst, N.Y./Bayside) scored a pair to lead an offense that saw four different players find the back of the net for their highest-scoring game of 2018. The win was also the first for rookie head coach Adam Brunengo
How It Happened
The Bears outshot York 4-0 early on before Garcia got them on the board in the 21st minute firing a shot from the left side that slipped through the keeper's hands. St. Joseph's controlled the game for the rest of the half, winning the shots battle 9-1 and attempting three more corners than York (4-1) over the first 45 minutes. However, the lead remained 1-0 entering intermission.
One minute into the second half Garcia netted his second tally of the game, beating the keeper on the short side for a 2-0 advantage. Then, in the 58th minute, an own goal for SJC kept the Cardinals in it, cutting the lead to 2-1. The Bears added some insurance five minutes later as Garcia dish to Daniel Goncalves (Astoria, N.Y./Cathedral Prep), who then split the defenders in the box and beat the goalie on the far right side.
Soon after (69th minute), Brandon Georges (Brooklyn, N.Y./New Utrecht) nabbed his first-career goal, finishing a cross from his brother Mateusz Georges (Brooklyn, N.Y./New Utrecht) for a 4-1 advantage. The Bears' final insurance goal came in the 87th minute as Thomas Mastoras (Flushing, N.Y./Francis Lewis) chipped a shot over the keeper on a breakaway to seal the victory.
For the Bears
- Garcia led the Bears with eight shots (four on goal), two scores, and an assist, extending his team lead in goals (four) and points (nine).
- Goncalves is second on the squad in scoring as he picked up goal number two of the season.
- Mastoras' tally was his first of 2018 and second of career, while M. Georges served up his first assist and third point of the year.
Next Up for the Bears
Day two of the SJC Long Island tournament with a noontime matchup against Manhattanville tomorrow (Sep. 9) in Patchogue. Live stats and video available at SJCBears.com.