The men’s soccer team defeated the SUNY College at Old Westbury Panthers 3-2 in a thrilling battle that went into overtime. This victory marks the Bearcats’ first win before the CUNY Athletic Conference tournament starts this week, and it was the momentum boost the team needed moving forward.
Following two losses to SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Plattsburgh State, the Bearcats were understandably under a lot of pressure to perform well on their home turf just before the championship game. They did not disappoint.
Baruch College led the scoreboard with the first goal of the match coming in at the ninth minute of the game, thanks to a spectacular shot made by star midfielder Cormac Foley, with an assist from Frank Iacovano. The celebration was short-lived, however, as Westbury responded with an equalizer just seven minutes later and scored another goal just eight minutes shy of the halftime mark.
It was a trying time for the Bearcats coming out after the halftime break, trailing the Panthers 1-2.
They managed to maintain their composure and were rewarded shortly afterward for their efforts when Bakary Kida capitalized on a fantastic through ball, courtesy of midfielder Austin Tucker, tying the game 2-2 in the 59th minute.
The game trudged on until the end of the 90th minute, with both teams tied at two points apiece. Once the overtime whistle blew, the Bearcats quickly pounced and went on the attack.
Shaiem Morad sealed the victory for the Bearcats in the fourth minute of the first overtime half. After that, it was simply a matter of letting the clock run out. The Bearcats outplayed the Panthers on all fronts, taking 13 shots with 10 of them on target. In comparison, the Panthers managed to take six shots with only three shots on target.
The Bearcats only suffered one offside call and received three corners, while the Panthers had a busy day with the referee, collecting six offside calls with only one corner attempt. This victory was just what the Bearcats needed and they should have a more positive outlook as they have a very busy couple of weeks ahead of them.
They face off against Medgar Evers College on Sept. 16 in their first CUNYAC championship match of the season, and they are booked against four more formidable sides throughout the week, which includes the formidable Dolphins from the College of Staten Island.
Based on their performance so far, the Bearcats are going to enjoy a long and eventful season, which will hopefully end up with a CUNYAC championship title.