Photo by Jedine Daley
By Jedine Daley
The Stony Brook University men’s soccer team won against the conference favorite’s University of Massachusetts Lowell (otherwise known as UMass Lowell) at the Kenneth Lavalle Stadium on September 28. The 4–0 victory is the team’s first win against a nationally ranked opponent since 2016.
The Seawolves took control of the game early when freshman Rondell Payne scored the first goal of the night 17 minutes into the game. The calculated assisted came by senior midfielder Martieon Watson. In an effort to catch up, the UMass Lowell team took the next five shots of the game. All were successfully blocked by goal keeper Christian Miesch. Payne scored the only goal of the first half after senior midfielder Serge Gamwanya missed his penalty kick and UMass Lowell Chase Reichenberg picked up a red card.
Junior defender Fernandes Gustavo kept the game going with the second goal of the night at the 65 minute mark. This was assisted once again by Watson who passed the ball to Arni Jakobsson and then to Gustavo. No more than two minutes later, junior forward Jarred Dass brought the Stony Brook team up by 3 points with a goal assisted by Gamwanya, but the team did not stop there. Watson scored the final goal of the night at the 77 minute mark of the game. The UMass Lowell River Hawks did not recover from that.
“We were very confident,” Dass responded when asked how they initially felt going into the game. “We prepared a lot during training and studied their tactics, so we knew what was to come out there.”
Ryan Anatol, the head coach of the Seawolves men’s soccer team, was thrilled with the victory and expects the teams form to continue throughout season.
The team now moves to 5-3-1 in the season, and according to Dass, they will be taking it one game at a time going forward. They will be back on the road with their next game against Fordham on October 2.