ALFRED, N.Y. - The D’Youville men’s soccer team continued their busy start to the 2021 campaign in the championship match of the Bryan Karl Tournament Sunday afternoon against New Jersey City on the campus of Alfred University. The two sides played to a scoreless tie after 110 minutes, but the Saints could not hold in the penalty shootout, falling 4-2. The loss drops the Saints to 4-0-1 on the season.
A tight match saw both sides play to a scoreless first half. The Saints’ only chance to get on the board in the opening 45 minutes came from senior Nick Dumond in the sixth minute, but the New Jersey City goalkeeper denied his shot. Despite only putting one shot on frame, the Gothic Knights outshot D’Youville 8-3 in the first half.
D’Youville’s next opportunity to break the deadlock came early in the second half when Guillermo Cabello’s shot was saved. About six minutes later, Dumond was denied once more to keep the game level.
Three minutes into the first overtime period, Paulo Carvalho nearly won the game for the Saints, firing a shot off of the right post that deflected out to keep the game going. The championship match remained scoreless through both 10-minute overtime periods, forcing a penalty shootout.
In penalties, graduate transfer Rob McNeal and Dumond converted their opportunities, but New Jersey City converted all four of their penalty kicks to put the Saints away.
The Gothic Knights outshot the Saints on the afternoon, 24-11, with each side placing four shots on frame … All three of Dumond’s attempts were placed on goal while Cabello also had a shot on goal for D’Youville … Each team was also earned five corner kicks.
Ethan Picard collected four saves during his 110 minutes between the D’Youville posts. McNeal (11’) and freshman Luis Felipe Santos (97’) each found their names in the referee's book with yellow cards.
The Saints will return to road action when they find themselves in Syracuse for a non-conference match with Bryant & Stratton-Syracuse on Tuesday, September 14. The kick-off is slated for 4 p.m.