MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Led by an early goal by Nicholas Parisi (Holbrook, N.Y.), the Bryant University men's soccer team scored in the third minute of regulation, and that proved to be more than enough, as the Bulldogs edged Robert Morris, 1-0, on Friday afternoon at the North Athletic Complex.
With the win, the Bulldogs (2-10-1, 1-6 NEC) snap a six-game losing streak, winning for the first time since a 1-0 victory against Manhattan on Sept. 25. The Colonials move to 4-9-1 on the season with an 0-7 conference mark.
Just three minutes into the game, Parisi volleyed home a cross from Angelo Caputi (Guayaquil, Ecuador) into the right side of the net for the first – and only –marker of the game. It was Parisi's team-leading fifth goal of the year, pushing his point total up to 12. The senior tri-captain also has two assists on the year.
Robert Morris nearly evened the score in the 15th minute after a nifty back-heel pass by sophomore Luca Campo found Francis Bowman in the left side of the box. But sophomore George Spanos (Garden City, N.Y.) came up with the big save. Spanos finished the afternoon with a career-high eight saves, earning his second shutout of the season.
The Bulldogs were held to five shots in the first half, but Spanos was huge in net, denying all five of RMU's first-half shots.
After halftime, the Colonials continued to press on the attacking end, and had another chance to tie it up in the 59th minute on a shot by Bowman. But the attempt sailed right into the chest of Spanos, who gobbled it up to keep the home team off the board.
Fifteen minutes later, the Bulldogs thought they had an insurance goal as senior Anthony Zarella (Marshfield, Mass.) set up to blast in a shot on an open net, but RMU goalkeeper Roba Bolaji managed to get off his line and stole away the ball from the foot of Zarella to keep Bryant's lead at just one.
That would be the closest either team would get to finding the back of the net through the remainder of the game, as the Bulldogs held on for their second one-goal victory of the season. In total, seven of Bryant's 13 games this season have been decided by one goal.
The Colonials finished the game with a 22-11 advantage in shot attempts, while the home team was also called for six more fouls, leading that category by a 9-3 margin. RMU also doubled up the Bulldogs in corner kicks by an 8-4 mark.
Bryant will rest tomorrow before finishing their trip in the Keystone State on Sunday against Saint Francis (PA). Game time is set for 3 p.m.