Buffalo, NY – Battling windy and rainy conditions Saturday afternoon, the D'Youville men's soccer team was defeated by the visiting Mount Saint Joseph Lions by the final score of 4-0 Saturday afternoon.
The Lions were on the attack first, but goalkeeper Brett Matthews (Angola, NY/Lake Shore) was up to the task making an early save to keep the game scoreless. Just over 4 minutes into the game, the Spartans got their first attempt on goal as Justin Pepe (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) took a corner and it was followed by a header from Daniel Tarbell (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) that hit the post.
From there on, Mount Saint Joseph would take control of the game on the offensive end. Nearly 25 minutes into the first half, the Lions would put the first goal on the board. They would continue to put shots on Matthews, but from distance and many shots would go high and wide. Halftime would arrive and Mount Saint Vincent would hold a 1-0 lead after 45 minutes.
It didn't take long for the Lions to double their score in the second half, scoring 1:07 after the second half began. Then 10 minutes later, they would add another to make the score 3-0. Again pouring on the offense, the Lions would add their fourth and final goal at 61:18.
Later in the game, D'Youville would mount some offensive pressure as Josh Hammer (Amherst, NY/Sweet Home) put a Brandon Pauly (Owego, NY/Owego) corner wide with under 5 minutes remaining. The final whistle would blow and the Spartans would suffer their second straight home loss, this time by the final score of 4-0.
Brett Matthews made 9 saves in 73:22 of action. Sophomore Peter Petruzzo (Clarence, NY/Clarence) made an appearance in his second straight game and made 1 save. Aaron Zelko (Horseheads, NY/Horseheads) and Tarbell tied for a team high in shots with 3 each.
The men will be on the road for their next game, traveling to Alfred State on Friday, September 18th and will play at 6pm.