Faouzi Taieb struck for the game-winner to cap St. Francis Brooklyn College’s comeback (Photo courtesy of St. Francis Brooklyn College)
NEW YORK — Sophomore defender Faouzi Taieb scored with just under six minutes remaining to lift St. Francis Brooklyn College to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Manhattan College in Riverdale Saturday afternoon.
Playing with a man advantage for the entire second-half, St. Francis Brooklyn (5-3-0) scored two goals in the final 25 minutes to snap a two-game losing streak.
“This was a very tough game and I feel we played extremely well,” head coach Tom Giovatto said. “We played much better than we have been of late. We can still be sharper but overall we were good, particularly on the attack. We’re just waiting for someone to get hot offensively but it’s a good win against a much improved team.”
After outshooting the hosts, 7-0, after the opening 45 minutes, Manhattan (3-3-0) took a 1-0 lead in the 63rd minute as Jose Meza stuffed in a feed from Troy Carrington, beating senior goalkeeper Roberto Bazzichetto from point-blank range.
The Red & Blue stormed right back, connecting for the equalizer less than two minutes later after a corner kick by junior midfielder Anthony Gimenes. Senior midfielder Leo Folla knocked in a loose ball from six yards out for his first goal this season.
The Terriers continued to apply the pressure and had several opportunities to take the lead but were unable to capitalize until Taieb’s late-game heroics.
The 2016 Northeast Conference rookie of the year found himself in the middle of the field with plenty of open green, advanced the ball five yards and then sent a rocket to the upper left corner of the net off the hands of goalkeeper Connor Hayes.
“I saw a lot of open space and I knew that if I received the ball I would make an aggressive play and push the ball as hard as I could on goal,” Taieb said. “We really needed a win like this because we played well in a very tough game. These are the types of wins that help make a team feel like a family.”
The Terriers will travel to Cornell Friday.