Orchard Park, NY-Despite being on the short end of a 3-1 decision against host Hilbert College, the D'Youville men's soccer showed their resiliency all night and kept battling.
The payoff came in the 84 minute.
Senior Matt Smith (Bergen, NY/Byron-Bergen) took a pass from Tyler Beach (Niagara, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) and chipped it in for his first career goal. It was also a career first for Beach. The senior defender records his first career point in his next to last collegiate contest.
The Spartans opened the game with chances early in the first half and the team's only blemish in the first 45 was a Hilbert goal in the 17th minute. The game stayed 1-0 until a pair of second-half Hilbert goals ten minutes apart made it 3-0.
"I think that shows the character of our team," said Spartan's coach Brendan Murphy. "Our guys were still pressing, still giving it their all, all the way to the end despite the score."
The Spartans recorded a season-high nine shots on goal compared to eight from Hilbert. Five of those on target shots came from the foot of Mann. It was the first time this season D'Youville had more shots on goal than their opponent.
"We made more strides tonight," said Murphy. "We have been close the last couple of times out. I am really proud of how we have been playing down the stretch."
Tonight's effort came of the heels of last Saturday's 1-0 home loss to Franciscan.
D'Youville will close the season October 26 at Mount Aloysius College. Kickoff in Cresson, Pennsylvania is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.