LIU Brooklyn Men’s Soccer team and George Washington went toe-to-toe last season until the 106th minute when GW finally scored to win the game in double overtime. This year it didn’t nearly take as long as GW jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute en route to an eventual 2-0 victory over the Blackbirds in LIU Brooklyn’s home opener.
“It’s tough giving up a goal so early,” LIU Brooklyn’s Jacob Smith said after the game. “The main thing is just to keep moving forward and not get caught up on it. It was bitter though. We wanted to come out real strong, especially with it being the first game and losing in double overtime last year to this team.”
The two teams traded a couple of shots early, but it was Jonny Forrest streaking down the right side that scored from 15-yards out as the Blackbirds quickly found themselves in a 1-0 hole. George Washington then increased the lead to 2-0 at the 42nd minute when Ross Higgins buried a pass from Sam Summerlin into the far post.
The Blackbirds played a much stronger game in the second half, but couldn’t get on the board. It’s biggest missed opportunities actually came in the first half though when the score was still 1-0 and Tanner Sica had a big shot on goal stopped and another that went just high of the net. Nathan Stewart hit the post on a golden attempt too.
After the game Kostecky talked about being disappointed by the two goals allowed. He noted that he thought the team played much better in the second half. Those missed opportunities in the first half though still seemed to really bother him.
“We had plenty of chances and if we put one or two of them away the result is different,” LIU Brooklyn head coach T.J. Kostecky said. ”Two great chances, two glorious chances, but we didn’t put them away.”
Smith added that he thinks the team is still getting better and saw the second half as reason for optimism. “We’re still coming together as a team. This game was tough, but you look at the second half and I thought we executed our game plan well. We’re still learning from our mistakes and improving as we go along.”