The LIU Brooklyn Men’s Soccer team took on St. Joseph’s in its first exhibition match of the season on Monday and tied 1-1 in a late game comeback in Philadelphia.
There was no score in the game at the halfway point, but early in the second half St. Joe’s took a 1-0 lead. Later in the half though, freshman Nathan Stewart drew a penalty off a corner kick and scored a goal to tie the game at 1-1.
“It was great to come back and to tie the game after we went down early in the second half,” said junior Jacob Smith, who was recently named to the preseason All-Northeast Conference Second Team by College Sports Madness. “There were a lot of positives that came out of that game.”
The LIU Brooklyn Men’s finished last season with a 2-14-2 record playing with a roster full of underclassmen. The Blackbirds were picked to finish seventh in a preseason coach’s poll in the NEC this season, but Smith thinks that they can do better than that.
“It’s definitely understandable that we were picked seventh this year looking at last season’s record, but I think we’re looking really good and we’re excited to prove everyone wrong,” Smith said. “We were young last year. We had a lot of freshmen and sophomores and we didn’t do so well. A lot of times it was stupid mistakes that cost us and coming in with a little more experience this season those are corrections that could easily be made.”
The Blackbirds open their regular season on Aug. 30 in California against San Francisco. Their first home game will be against George Washington on Sept. 6.
Smith will be the guest on this week’s Q&A with a LIU student-athlete. Look for that to be published on Friday at noon.