Fernandes, Abreu lead Stony Brook to 2-1 win over Hartford
West Hartford, Conn. - Senior Leonardo Fernandes (North Babylon, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal in the 73rd minute to lead the Stony Brook men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Hartford Saturday night at Al-Marzook Field. Senior Raphael Abreu (New York, N.Y.) also scored for the Seawolves, who moved to 9-3-1 overall and 3-1-0 in America East.
Coach Ryan Anatol's Reaction
"I thought it was a good win on the road, and a good performance by our guys. I thought we responded well to giving up the goal in the second half and did well to score again and get the result we were looking for."
- In the 25th minute, Abreu received a ball played into him, moved towards Hawks goalkeeper Viltsu Tuumi and took a point blank shot at him that Tuumi saved but couldn't control. The ball popped out to a Hartford defender, but Abreu anticipated the play and stole it from him and then swatted the ball into the goal, far side.
- In the 63rd minute, Hartford's Anthony Santaga converted a cross from Rohan Roye by heading it in well over senior goalkeeper Stefan Manz (Bronx, N.Y.).
- In the 73rd minute, senior Kyle Schlesinger (Selden, N.Y.) broke up a Hartford attack and played the ball into the midfield. Fernandes then got a hold of the ball on a pass from senior Berian Gobeil Cruz (Montreal, Quebec), took on a pair of defenders, pushed the ball to his left foot and blasted a shot into the net high over Tuumi's head from about 25 yards out.
The Numbers Game
- Stony Brook outshot Hartford 14-11 overall and 8-2 on shots on goal. The Seawolves held Hartford without a shot on goal until the 62nd minute.
- Fernandes recorded his fifth-game winning goal of the season and 12th of his career. He now has 30 goals and 75 points in his career.
- Abreu scored a goal for the second consecutive game and now has 16 for his career.
- Hartford recorded three yellow cards on the night.
News & Notes
- Stony Brook improved to 16-1-1 under Anatol when scoring the game's first goal.
- Stony Brook is unbeaten in its last five road matches (4-0-1). Overall, SB is 5-1-1 in true road games this year.
- The Seawolves are now 5-4-5 all-time against Hartford and 4-1-3 since 2007.
- Stony Brook remains one point behind Vermont for first place in the conference standings.
Stony Brook will return home for two matches, beginning Friday night vs. UMBC at LaValle Stadium at 7 p.m.