Lexington, Ky. - Behind second-half goals from redshirt freshman Sverre Ofstad (Oppegaard, Norway) and true freshman Alejandro Fritz (Budapest, Hungary), the Stony Brook men's soccer team defeated Saint Joseph's, 2-0, to earn a split at the Kentucky Invitational.
Coach Ryan Anatol's Reaction
"Today was a good win and a good response for us after Friday's game. We played well and had a lot of chances. We didn't get one in the first half but we stayed patient throughout the game and got the goals we were looking for in the second half."
- On the offensive for nearly five consecutive minutes, Stony Brook put one past the Hawks goalkeeper in the 76th minute. After three shots in a span of three minutes that were either wide or saved, Ofstad took a midfield pass from senior Leonardo Fernandes (North Babylon, N.Y.) and then dribbled into the box and fired a shot at the far post from about 16-17 yards out that got past Andrew D'Ottavi into the bottom of the net for a goal.
- Stony Brook attacked the far post again in the 87th minute when Fritz beat D'Ottavi after playing a ball from senior Antonio Crespi (North Babylon, N.Y.) inside the 18.
The Numbers Game
News & Notes
- Stony Brook held Saint Joseph's without a shot on goal in the second half and held the Hawks without any shots in the last 25 minutes of the match.
- Stony Brook outshot the Hawks for the game, 15-9.
- Fernandes now has at least one point in nine of his last 11 matches.
- With his assist today, Fernandes is now tied for fifth all-time in program history in career points (59) and career assists (13).
- Ofstad's goal was the first of his career. He played in two games last season before suffering an injury that led to a medical redshirt.
- Senior goalkeeper Stefan Manz (Bronx, N.Y.) earned his 14th career shutout, putting him just one behind Dan Ferrin (2000-03) for the program's all-time lead.
- Each team racked up three yellow cards.
- Stony Brook earned its first win over an Atlantic 10 team since a 3-2 double overtime victory vs. La Salle on Sept. 9, 2005. Today is exactly seven years to the day of that game.
- All three of Stony Brook's wins this season have come via shutout.
- The Seawolves are now 11-0-1 under Anatol when they score the first goal of the game.
Stony Brook will host a pair of games at LaValle Stadium next weekend, taking on Fordham Friday night at 7:30 p.m., and Buffalo Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.