Courtesy Vermont Sports Information
BURLINGTON – UVM men’s soccer scored twice in the first half and handed Stony Brook its first conference loss of the season with a 2-1 victory on Saturday night at Virtue Field. The Cats improve to 10-5 on the year and move to 3-2 in the league standings. The Seawolves fall to 7-5-2 overall and 4-1 in America East play.
“I think tonight’s result is a testament to a great week of training,” head coach Rob Dow said. “We prepared the guys to really dig in and reminded them how to win conference games. We produced in the first half and kept the clean sheet in the second half so we’re really proud of the boys.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Catamounts wasted very little time getting on the scoreboard with a goal 97 seconds into the match. Danny Orrego had a corner kick pinball to the end line, then Trevor Colazzo heel-flicked a feed back to the far post. Jonathan Bryant leaped and tucked a ball inside of the near post.
Stony Brook evened the score at 1-1 in the 38th minute as Jarred Dass and Jack Valderrabano worked a give-and go from the right side. Dass dished a pass towards the goal line for Valderrabano, who returned the favor with a cross back to the center of the box. Dass finished the scoring chance with a one-timer inside of the near post.
Vermont retook the lead with 12 ticks left on the clock in the first half. Mikel Kabala lofted a long feed from midfield into the box and Jon Arnar Barðdal sprinted ahead of the defense. The junior dribbled in from the left side and crushed a shot into the right side of the net.
Geo Alves tried to add an insurance goal in the 83rd minute. Manuel Camara passed to Alves on the left flank and the senior trapped the ball, then ripped a shot towards the top right corner but the ball deflected off the crossbar.
The Catamounts have reached the 10-win mark for the fourth consecutive season.
Vermont is 7-1 on Virtue Field this year and have accrued at least seven home victories for the fifth time in a single season since the turn of the century – 2016, 2005, 2002, 2000.
UVM extended a pair of unbeaten streaks against Stony Brook. The Cats have not lost to the Seawolves in the last seven meetings (6-0-1) and improve to 9-0-1 all-time at home against their conference rival.
The match was also Military Appreciation Night presented by Milton Cat
With the victory, the Cats Win, Community Wins campaign and Vermont Mutual Insurance Group will donate another $100 to the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington, bringing this year’s total to 86 wins and $8,600.
Vermont will head to the 20th-ranked UConn on Tuesday (Oct. 23) in the non-conference finale. The opening kickoff is set for 7 p.m.