Bulldogs Split Both CUNYAC Games

Azizjon Ziyaev takes a shot. / Photo Credit: Israel Salas-Rodriguez

As the men’s soccer team prepare themselves for five straight CUNYAC games, the Bulldogs split two games last week, with a loss to John Jay College and a win versus the College of Staten Island.

The Bulldogs lost a close one on the road on Wednesday, Sept. 27 against the John Jay Bloodhounds, with a final score of 1-2. It was an entertaining first half as the Bloodhounds wasted no time getting on the scoreboard first, connecting on their first goal in the 5th minute of afternoon. John Jay’s James Haddad took advantage of a Brooklyn mistake, connecting on his fourth goal of the season on a loose ball from inside the goal area. Brooklyn freshman Azizjon Ziyaev (#6) came through for the Bulldogs in the 36th minute, tying the game up for Brooklyn on an unassisted fast break, which sent both teams into the halftime break tied up at one apiece.

Midway through the second half, John Jay’s Michael DeMarco found himself open for a header inside the box on a free kick assist by Rodrick Leighton. Brooklyn would out-shoot John Jay throughout the contest, 27-11, which included 11-6 on-goal shots. On paper the Bulldogs were more efficient, but it wasn’t the same on the scoreboard as the Bloodhounds held on to a 2-1 victory over Brooklyn, handing the Bulldogs their second loss in conference play.

A rematch of last season’s Quarterfinals match-up between Brooklyn and the College of Staten Island resulted in a 2-1 Bulldogs get-back, after being bounced out by CSI in last season CUNY playoffs.

It took overtime but Brooklyn got their revenge on CSI when the men’s soccer team earned their second conference win of the new season Saturday afternoon. Brooklyn got on the board first as breakout freshman, Azizjon Ziyaev (#6), gave the Bulldogs the lead late in the 26th minute on a free kick from the left wing. The contest seemed to be headed into a 1-0 Brooklyn shutout over CSI when Vasyl Fedortsi connected on a penalty kick after a Brooklyn foul inside the goal box. The game went into an extra period after regulation ended in a 1-1 score, although it didn’t take long for the Bulldogs to ice the game in extra time. Once again freshman midfielder Ziyaev came through, scoring the game-winning goal for Brooklyn in the 93rd minute of overtime. The Dolphins move to 3-2 in conference games. Brooklyn will continue their home stretch and conference play as Medgar Evers pays a visit on Wednesday. Kick-off is set for 5 p.m..

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