For the first time in nearly two years, Stony Brook’s men’s soccer defeated a nationally ranked opponent. The victim on Friday night was No. 16 UMass Lowell, which the Seawolves defeated 4-0 at LaValle Stadium.
With the win, Stony Brook moves to 5-3-1 on the season (2-0-0 America East). The team’s last victory over a ranked team was October 8, 2016, when it defeated then No. 25 New Hampshire 2-0. In addition, the victory also made Ryan Anatol, the team’s head coach, the winnest coach in the history of the university’s men’s soccer program.
“We talked about getting points in the league, so to start off with getting six points, we’re really excited about that,” said Anatol. “It’s a really good win against a good team, but not only was it a good win but I felt it was a really good performance. We had a plan coming into the game, we wanted to be really aggressive defensively and put them under pressure and make it difficult for them to play … I think we did a really good job of that.”
Despite being outshot 7-2 in the first half, a goal from freshman Rondell Payne in the 17th minute gave Stony Brook an early 1-0 lead, which it took to halftime.
In the 41st minute, UMass Lowell’s Chase Reichenberg picked up a red card and Stony Brook was awarded a penalty kick, but senior Serge Gamwanya was unable to convert.
Stony Brook took advantage of playing a man-up in the second half scoring three times against the River Hawks. In the 65th minute, graduate student Arni Jakobsson found senior Martieon Watson on a corner kick, who relayed it to junior Gustavo Fernandes (West Babylon) for a goal.
Two minutes later, junior Jarred Dass scored to give the Seawolves a 3-0 lead and in the 77th minute, Watson drilled a shot from 15 yards out to put the Seawolves up by four.
Christian Miesch made four saves to earn the clean sheet for Stony Brook.
Up next, the Seawolves head back on the road to battle No. 25 Fordham on Tuesday, October 2, at 7 p.m.