Brockport St. 2, Nazareth 0 Nov.
Brockport St. 2, Nazareth 0Nov. 10, 2005
ROCHESTER, NY Senior Mike Abgarian (Merrick/Bellmore-J.F.K.) scored the first goal of the game, and added an assist in the second half to lead the SUNY Brockport mens soccer team (15-3-1) to a 2-0 win over Nazareth College (6-10-5) in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Mens Soccer Tournament this afternoon on Don Quinn Field at East Rochester high school. The game was originally scheduled to be played on Wednesday at A. Huntley Parker Jr. Field, but was postponed due to inclement weather.
The game was Brockports first trip to the NCAA tournament since the 1977 season, and it was the Golden Flyers first trip ever. The win marked the first time since the 1976 season that the Golden Eagles earned a victory in the NCAA tournament. Brockport tied a record set in 1974, with their 10th shutout of the season.
Both teams battled through light snow and strong winds to a stalemate through most of the first half, before the Golden Eagles took command of the game. Abgarian connected for his third game-winning goal of the season from 10-yards out into the lower left corner of the Golden Flyer goal, 34:32 into the opening half, giving SUNY Brockport a 1-0 lead after taking a long pass from Aaron Acello (East Rochester, NY/ East Rochester).
Abgarian sent a pass from the top of the 18 to the right side of the Nazareth goal, finding Jon Lefort (Chittenango, NY/Chittenango) for the score, extending SUNY Brockports lead to 2-0, with 14:11 remaining in the second half.
Brockport held a 22-10 advantage in total shots in the contest, including a decisive 15-3 edge in shots on goal. The Golden Eagles also held a 10-2 advantage on corner kicks.
Chris Bedford (Penfield/Main Central Institute) notched his ninth shutout of the season, making three saves for Brockport, while Alex Kilroy (Spencerport, NY/Spencerport) made 13 stops for the Golden Flyers.
The SUNY Brockport mens soccer team will travel to SUNY Plattsburgh on Saturday, to face the Cardinals in the second round of the NCAA Division III Mens Soccer Tournament. Game time will be at 1 p.m.
-- Courtesy SUNY Brockport