BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Sophomore Kieran Young scored his first career goal with 1:27 left in the first extratime to lift St. Francis Brooklyn College to a 1-0 Northeast Conference victory over Bryant at extremely blustery Brooklyn Bridge Park Monday afternoon.
The game, played in wind conditions that reach gusts of over 30 miles per hour, featured very few scoring chances for either team. St. Francis Brooklyn improved to 11-4-1 and 5-0-1 while the visitors dropped to 2-10-2 and 2-3-1.
“The weather conditions were definitely the most difficult of my entire career,” Terriers head coach Tom Giovatto said. “The victory had nothing to do with skill or strategy. Fortunately, we got the lucky bounce and came out with the win today.”
Young, a reserve forward, made a run down the center of the field and stuffed in a short cross from Amir Islami for the game-winning tally.
“It’s an amazing feeling to get a game-winner for my first career goal,” Young said. “I saw a lot of open space in front of the net and Amir gave me a great ball.”
The winning play was initiated along the right-wing as freshman forward Chris Gruver found Islami, who had dashed into the box just yards from the near post. Islami then took a couple of dribbles and crossed the ball to the open Young. Goalkeeper Nick Stewart had virtually no chance to make a stop as Young booted Islami’s set-up into the lower-left corner from point-blank range.
“I’m really happy for Kieran,” Giovatto said. “He works very hard in practice everyday and he delivered for us when he received his opportunity.”
The Terriers outshot the Bulldogs, 10-5.
St. Francis senior goalkeeper Roberto Bazzichetto made three saves, including a key stop on Jared Lee’s header with just minutes left in regulation. It was Bryant’s best opportunity for a goal.
Senior defender Dominick Falanga had the Terriers’ best opportunity early in the first half as his attempt from right in front of the goal was snared by Stewart along the near post.
St. Francis Brooklyn will finish the regular-season at LIU Brooklyn on Friday at 1 p.m. The Terriers already have clinched a berth in the upcoming NEC Tournament and could host the event for the second successive year with an LIU loss at Fairleigh Dickinson Monday evening.