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Men’s Soccer Falls Short

The men’s soccer team’s trip to Evansville, for the 2009 ProRehab Aces Soccer Classic, went exactly against the plan.

The Seawolves lost both games they played this weekend. Saturday saw a 2-0 loss to Eastern Illinois, and a wild Sunday contest saw the Seawolves fall, 5-3, to Evansville.

In Saturday’s action, Eastern Illinois scored the eventual game-winner in the 36th minute.

The Panthers scored again with the Seawolves in desperation mode, capitalizing on the lack of numbers hanging back and finishing a breakaway in the 85th minute.

On Sunday, the Seawolves conceded five first-half goals to the Evansville Purple Aces. The lone Stony Brook goal in the first half was scored on a Tom Butler (Birmingham, England) penalty kick, giving Butler his first goal of the year.

Up by three goals, an Evansville player was judged to have handled the ball inside the penalty area, forcing the referee to award the spot-kick, which Butler converted to bring the Seawolves to within two.

The Seawolves had their work cut out for them, as they went into halftime down 5-1.

Leo Fernandes (North Babylon, NY.) scored twice in the second half, including a rousing effort from 40 yards out, but it wasn’t enough to dig Stony Brook out of its first half hole.

Fernandes and fellow freshman Berian Gobeil (Montreal, Quebec), who set up the second of Fernandes’ goals, were both named to the all-tournament team.

Stony Brook has now matched last year’s total of 11 goals in just the first eight games of this season, despite winning only one game so far this fall.

The 1-5-1 Seawolves have two games remaining before conference play begins. They are next in action on Wednesday, Sept. 23, when they visit Quinnipiac.

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