BY: ANTHONY COVINO
October 30, 2018
The eight seniors on the FDU men’s soccer team capped off Senior Day with a dominating 5-0 win against conference rival Sacred Heart.
Before the game, FDU honored all of the graduating seniors on the men’s soccer team: Alvaro Rubio, Justin Depardieu, Fredinho Mompremier, Ahu Obhakhan, Leo Dalesandro, Jeremy Despringre, Patrick Nuss, and Marcus Marshall.
The Knights started their domination in the 12th minute, when sophomore Adrian Barrajas headed it home for his first goal of the season off of a cross from sophomore forward Diego Arribas. Senior midfielder Dalesandro was also rewarded with an assist on the play.
In the 15th minute, the Knights struck again when senior Obhakhan played Arribas through into the 18-yard box. Arribas returned the pass back to Obhakhan who was following his pass with a cutting run into the box. Obhakhan’s shot was saved by Sacred Heart’s junior goalkeeper Robert Strain. The rebounded shot fell into the path of freshman midfielder Ideal Shefqeti who was trailing the play and slotted the ball into the back of an empty net for his second goal of the season. Arribas was awarded his second assist of the game and Obhakhan was awarded an assist as well.
The Knights were in control as they had a two-goal cushion 15 minutes into the game. The Knights were not done scoring when, in the 42nd minute, junior Wojciech Piwowarczyk headed home his second goal of the season off of a cross from Arribas. Arribas completed a hat trick of assists after the third goal. The Knights were playing well going into halftime with a 3-0 lead over Sacred Heart.
The second half started out well with the Knights’ defense holding off the attack from Sacred Heart. The Knights found the back of the net again in the 80th minute when Arribas scored his first goal of the season from a long range shot 35 yards out. Sophomore Jacob Labovitz was awarded the assist on the Knights’ fourth goal. In the 89th minute, the Knights put on the finishing touch of the game when Labovitz scored his second goal of the season from a chipped shot over Strain. Arribas continued his great performance, as he scored his first goal of the season after assisting the first three goals. Labovitz had a solid performance as well as he finished with one goal and one assist.
The Knights finished the game with 26 shots and 12 shots on goal. Sacred Heart finished with eight shots and three shots on goal. The Knights’ sophomore goalkeeper Jahmali Waite finished the game with three saves while Sacred Heart’s Strain finished with seven saves. The Knights improved their record to (6-6-4) with a (3-2-2) record in the North East Conference. Sacred Heart falls to (2-11-1) with a (1-1-5) record in the North East Conference. The Knights finish the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 when they travel to play LIU Brooklyn.
Photo by Anthony Covino.