SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Bryant University men's soccer team recorded its first loss in Northeast Conference play on Sunday afternoon, falling to St. Francis Brooklyn.
St. Francis Brooklyn 1, Bryant 0
Records: St. Francis Brooklyn 5-8-0 (2-2-0 NEC), Bryant 2-7-2 (2-1-1 NEC)
Location: Bulldog Soccer Field | Smithfield, R.I.
Coach Purcell's Comments
"It was a tough start for us. We fell asleep in the early going allowing them to score, but we were able to rebound and battle very hard. Our offense was able to create some good chances, but just were not able to convert. Now we have to bring that same mentality of battling on the road."
Early in the match, Julien Remiti played Ali Tounkara in on goal and he finished low and to the left of junior Olivier Larente (Garches, France) to put St. Francis Brooklyn on the board.
- 4th minute – St. Francis Brooklyn 1, Bryant 0 – It was a low ball past the two centerbacks of Bryant that allowed Tounkara to go in on goal. When Larente charged, Tounkara played it low and into the net.
- Powered by 10 shots in the second half for the Bulldogs, Bryant won the shot margin 15-10.
- The foul count finished even with each team committing 18 fouls. Bryant players were given three yellow cards, while two Terriers were put in the book.
- Bryant had seven corner kicks in the match, finishing with nine on the afternoon. St. Francis Brooklyn took two.
- Sophomore Charles DeSantis (Saint-Mathias-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada) led the Bulldogs with four shots. Junior George Gill (Cork, Munster, Ireland) finished with three.
- Sophomore Felipe Cypriano (Malden, Mass.) was the only Bulldog to put multiple shots on frame, as he put both of his attempts on goal.
The Bulldogs hit the road this weekend, heading to Emmitsburg, Md. to take on Mount St. Mary's for the first time ever on Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The trip finishes Sunday at Sacred Heart in Fairfield, Conn.