STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Serge Gamwanya scored the match-winner in the 87th minute as the Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad suffered a 2-1, heartbreaking defeat at Stony Brook's LaValle Stadium on Wednesday evening. The win snaps a two-match winning streak for the Hawks (2-2-0) while the Seawolves (2-2-0) pick up their second win of the year.
The deciding goal came with 3:45 remaining in regulation (86:15), as Mark Irvine beat his defender to the endline and sent a pass back in toward the middle of the box, where Gamwanya headed in the match-winning score.
With 1:26 to play (88:34), Stony Brook's Rondell Payne was tagged with his second yellow card of the match, forcing the Seawolves to play down a man. Saint Joseph's sophomore midfielder Alvin Dahn fired off SJU's only shot of that possession with 57 seconds to go (89:03), but Seawolves goalkeeper Christian Miesch came up with his fifth save of the night to seal the victory for the home team.
The Hawks had jumped out to an early lead as junior forward Leon Maric scored in the eighth minute; Dahn crossed a pass back to the left side and Maric one-timed it into the bottom-left corner of the goal for his second score of the season.
Gamwanya scored his first of two goals of the day in the 24th minute, equalizing on a free kick opportunity.
Freshman goalkeeper Joseph Boehm (2-2-0) made a season-high seven saves in net, including six in the first half alone. Boehm made a highlight-reel, diving save to his right in the 36th minute to keep the score knotted at one at the time.
The Hawks fired off six shots on goal for the match, beginning with Maric's score. Freshman forward Frantz Pierrot and senior midfielder Derek MacKinnon rocketed off shots just two seconds apart right before the halftime break (44:25, 44:27), but Miesch made the pair of saves. Dahn (54', 90') and sophomore defender David Grana (72') added a trio of strong looks in the second half.
Saint Joseph's returns home to host Sacred Heart (1-1-1) this Saturday, September 8. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field.
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