Buffalo, NY - The D'Youville men's soccer team suffered a tough loss to the Alfred State Pioneers on Thursday evening by the final score of 2-1.
D'Youville was extremely aggressive on offense in the first half. They racked up offsides calls in a four-minute span as they put a great deal of pressure on the Alfred State defense. The Spartans were able to keep the ball away from the Pioneers with great passing, and they had several breakaway chances but the Alfred State keeper was on his game.
After several scoring chances and with the halftime horn closing in, the Spartans broke the scoreless tie. Jared Zadzilka (North Tonawanda, NY/North Tonawanda) dropped a pretty ball into the box that found Alex Armburst (Elma, NY/Iroquois) standing alone in front of the net where the freshman blew the ball by the Pioneer's keeper for a 1-0 lead in the 40th minute. The late goal would give the team a boost as they headed into halftime with the 1-0 lead.
The two teams traded scoring opportunities throughout the early goings of the second half. As the half wore on, it appeared the Spartans were in control, but with just over 13 minutes left to go, Alfred State tied it up. A long ball into the box found the Pioneer forward as he tied it 1-1.
With the teams tied, each had late scoring opportunities to take the lead. As the game went on, it appeared that it was destined for overtime until Alfred State pounced on a ball that was loose in the box following a corner and took the lead with under a minute to go. A late free kick earned the Spartans a chance to tie it, but they were unable to put the ball away as the Pioneers came from behind to win 2-1.
Armburst and Zadzilka each earned their first career points for the men as Armburst scored his first career goal and Zadzilka recorded his first assist. Kyle Dick (Churchville, NY/Churchville-Chili) had a strong evening in goal with seven saves. In front of him, the back line of Jake Kowalewski (Attica, NY/Attica), Josh Hammer (Amherst, NY/Sweet Home), Matt Davis (Spencerport, NY/Spencerport), and AJ Wade (Pendleton, NY/Starpoint) all played extremely well.
The men will play again tomorrow, September 14 as they host Buffalo State at 4:30pm.