Men's soccer drops tight match to Yale
The Marist men's soccer team suffered a setback after its success at the Radford Invitational, dropping a tough 2-1 decision to Yale. Despite sophomore Dylan Lee netting his first goal of the 2012 season, the Red Foxes dropped the 1-0 lead they had built in the first half, giving up two Bulldog tallies in the second half of play.
Despite the strong start, the problem for Marist was keeping up their consistency for the duration of the match. The Red Foxes sustained their momentum for the entirety of the first half, matching the Bulldogs in shots, and leading in shots on target by a 2-1 margin. The team simply did not bring the same level of intensity in the second half, however, and Yale was able to win the match.
"I think the problem is between our ears to be honest," Marist head coach Matt Viggiano said. "For some reason we seem to lose our focus, and have a problem concentrating for a full ninety minutes. We have yet to put it together for a full ninety this year and I can't really explain it, other than they have to understand that there needs to be a level of commitment and they can't let up at any point at this level. It's definitely mental at this point."
The Red Foxes offense started off with a bang with Lee's goal in just the second minute of the match. Junior Wes Finch dished the ball to Lee on the left hand side of the field, to Lee who ripped his shot off of a Bulldog defender, past Yale goalkeeper Bobby Thalman to put Marist ahead.
Junior goalkeeper Anthony Sokalski made his only save of the first half in the tenth minute, and Marist recorded its second shot on target of the first 45 minutes, when senior Stephan Brossard tested the Yale keeper in the 26th minute. Brossard also fired a shot high just over the bar in the 27th minute and neither team threatened for the remainder of the half.
The Red Foxes' play was noticeably weaker in half number two, and the Bulldogs were able to take advantage, knotting the score at one with a rebound off the crossbar. Milan Tica launched a long free kick off of the woodwork, before Conner Lachenbruch buried home the rebound.
The Bulldogs pulled ahead in the 71st minute, as Kevin Michalek buried home a corner kick, again beating Sokalski. Brossard was once again denied after putting a shot on target, and Marist's last ditch effort to tie the game was denied as junior Greg Davis saw his shot blocked in the 88th minute, and the Red Foxes did not threaten again.
"I think if you watch that game, we were far more dangerous individually, other than a player or two, but we just didn't put it together. We didn't match their intensity when they came out for the second half and we let them dictate."
Marist is next in action this coming weekend, when they travel to Garden City N.Y. for a non-conference tilt with Adelphi. The Red Foxes then begin MAAC Conference play the following weekend, when Manhattan and St. Peters come to town.
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