Men’s Soccer Narrowly Loses in NAC Action to SUNY Delhi, 2-1

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

DELHI, N.Y. - The Eagles were left empty-handed after a 2-1 loss to SUNY Delhi (7-6, 5-1 NAC) in New York on Sunday afternoon, taking their record in the North Atlantic Conference to 3-2 and their overall record to 4-10.


It was a slow start to the game for Husson as the Broncos won a penalty kick in the 20th minute. SUNY Delhi forward, Brody Rettle stepped up and slotted the ball into the bottom left corner to put the home side up 1-0. This lead would be doubled in the 41st minute when a free kick was crossed in by Ryan O'Hare and eventually headed home into an empty net by Daniel Prendergast. The Broncos took the 2-0 lead into the intermission.

It was a much more spirited second period by the Eagles racking up twice as many shots as they did in the first half. This hard work was rewarded with a penalty kick in the 77th minute, which was converted by Joao Passoni, side-footing the ball into the bottom right corner. Husson pushed for an equalizer in the final ten minutes, coming close several times including a shot from just outside the box by Cai Pritchard hitting the post. The Broncos stayed strong while defending their lead to finish the match ahead 2-1. 

Head coach Gavin Penny states, "It was a terrible performance today and I'm hugely disappointed with the players. We were second best for most of the first half and we have gifted them two goals. We are a young team and it is a learning process for them. We have to be better at the little things for the big picture to get better. We have a lot of talented individuals here, but we are not yet a team and we are losing games because of it. My staff and I will continue to work with them to try and understand this. Once they figure it out, I have no doubts that we will win more games."


SUNY Delhi keeper, Corey O'Toole made a total of 10 saves playing 90 minutes whilst Benjamin Powell and Kyle Townsend completed 45 minutes each in goal for Husson. Powell stopped five shots and Townsend made two. 


Husson will play next Saturday, October 19th in a home fixture at Boucher Field against Northern Vermont University-Johnson. The match is set for 1:00 p.m. on Homecoming weekend.