Playoffs On Horizon For SJC Men’s, Women’s Soccer

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With the regular season now complete, the men’s and women’s soccer teams at St. Joseph’s College each now turn their attention to the postseason and the Skyline Conference Tournament.

On the men’s side, the Golden Eagles closed out their schedule with a 7-0 win over Farmingdale State. The victory leveled the team’s overall record at 7-7-1 with all of St. Joseph’s wins coming in Skyline Conference play (7-1-1).

Against Farmingdale State, SJC struck early and often with tallies coming in the 3rd (Alex Tarach, Selden), 17th (Damian Duda, Riverhead) and 37th (Shayne Johnson, Southhold) minutes to ensure the hosts took a 3-0 lead into halftime.

Rayneri Ruiz (Bay Shore) scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season in the 54th minute and Kyle Conway (Holbrook) notched his first of the year 32 seconds later to extend SJC’s lead to five early in the second half.

Justin Busto (Hauppauge) and Chance Casey (Babylon) each scored their third goals of the season in the 58th and 73rd minutes to wrap the evening’s scoring.

Ruiz, who also picked up two assists, led all Golden Eagles with four points on the night.

Steven Deng (6-4-1, Oakdale) made two saves and recorded his fourth shutout of the season. St. Joseph’s outshot Farmingdale 20-7 and forced their tandem of keepers into making four saves in total.

Based on results elsewhere, the Golden Eagles earned a first-round bye and an automatic bid into the semifinal round of the Skyline tournament. They’ll host the winner of the SUNY Purchase/College of Mount St. Vincent first round match-up on Wednesday (Nov. 1) at 7 p.m.

Kristin Carroll

The women’s team closed out its regular season with a 3-0 win over SUNY Maritime. Senior Kristin Carroll (Patchogue) scored in the 68th minute and claimed sole possession of third place on the program’s career goals list (20).

With the win, the Golden Eagles, who clinched the fourth seed in the conference championship tournament, finish their regular season with a 10-7-0 overall record and a 6-3-0 Skyline play.

Against Maritime, SJC opened the scoring in the ninth minute when sophomore Mackenzie Nyitray (Franklin Square) one-timed a ball out of midair off a corner for her seventh goal of the season.

The hosts doubled their lead before the break when sophomore Christina Gagliardi (Ronkonkoma), who established a new program single-season goalscoring record at Yeshiva on Friday, beat the Maritime keeper 1-on-1 for her 19th goal of the season in the 18th minute.

Carroll’s goal in the 68th minute–a put-back of her own initial attempt–wrapped up the match’s scoring and brought her career point total to 52 (fourth all-time).

Juliana Cintron-Leonardo (Riverhead) made three saves and notched her seventh win of the season in a match that saw her side outshoot its opponent 29-6.

The Golden Eagles return to action on Saturday, October 28, when they host a first-round Skyline Conference Championship match at Danzi Stadium. Time and opponent to be determined.