By Peter Langone and Najib Aminy
Coming off a disappointing 1-0 loss to Georgetown, the Stony Brook Men’s soccer team rebounded in winning their second game of the season against Columbia University 1-0 on Friday, September 12.
Heavy rain drenched the Seawolves during the first half of the match against Columbia. But as the rain began to subside the opportunity for Stony Brook to score presented itself. In the 52nd minute, freshman Kevin Zalewski (Parsippany, N.J.) threw in the ball to junior James Palumbo (Carmel, N.Y.) who delivered the game’s single score against Columbia’s John Kerry-look alike freshman goalie Alexander Aurrichio (Dix Hills, NY).
Led by Stony Brook senior captain Martin Lynch (Oceanside, NY), the Seawolves defense held off a strong
Columbian offense, which fired away nine shots in the first half and an additional six in the second half. With excellent goal keeping by senior goalie Dawid Ditrich (Gdansk, Poland), who totaled six saves, including a spectacular off-the-post save early in the first half, Stony Brook recorded its first clean-sheet for the season.
Ditrich saved Columbia’s last-ditch effort shot in 86th minute to preserve the win improving Stony Brook’s record to 2-3-1. Columbia’s loss drops their record to 0-2-1. Despite a rough start to their season, the Stony Brook Men’s Soccer team is looking ahead to their away games against Yale on September 17 and their next upcoming home game against Towson, on September 20 at 7 p.m., at LaValle Stadium.
Stony Brook is currently fifth in the American East standings, behind Binghamton, Vermont, Boston University, and University of Maryland: Baltimore County.