Kings Point, NY - The USMMA men's soccer team lost a physical 1-0 contest against rival Coast Guard Saturday morning at Brooks Stadium. Robert Copeland registered the lone goal of the contest in the first half as the Bears would be able to keep the Mariners off the scoreboard. USMMA junior Kyle Arestivo (Northport, NY) led the home team with four shots for the day.
"We felt good about how we played against Coast Guard, especially the last 45 minutes, but were disappointed not to be able to find the net," said USMMA Head Coach Michael Smolens. "We need to keep working hard and move ahead in an important week ahead as we face St. Joseph's and Susquehanna. Both went to the NCAA's last year, with Susquehanna being a strong conference opponent, who advanced to the Sweet 16 last season. Coach Banks, Coach Fitzgerald and I believe we have what it takes to bounce back".
Coast Guard's (3-0-1) break through came in the 19th minute as Copeland found the back of the net from ten yards out. Matthew Bogdan picked up an assist on what would prove to be the game winning marker.
Merchant Marine (2-4-0) nearly found an equalizer at the end of the first half on a shot from Arestivo. However, USCGA goalie Richie Burns was equal to the task shot, tallying one of his four saves. USMMA net minder Gary Poulin (Hauppauge, NY) also made four saves in the loss.
The second half continued to be a defensive battle, the two teams combined for 26 fouls in the contest. In the 89th minute, USMMA narrowly missed sending the game to overtime on an effort from freshman Tim Hughes (Ballston Lake, NY), but he was also turned away by Burns.
The USMMA men's soccer team returns to action Tuesday night as they welcome St. Joseph's (LI) to Brooks Stadium for a 6:00 pm tilt.