After eliminating Hunter College in the first round of the CUNYAC playoffs, the men’s soccer club moved on to the semifinals to face off against the #2 seed, John Jay College. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs couldn’t repeat the outcome in Saturday afternoon’s game, where an error on Brooklyn’s end resulted in an own goal, leading to John Jay’s 2-1 victory over Brooklyn in the final minutes.
On the road and with a trip to the finals on the line, Brooklyn and John Jay went head to head in a tight contest throughout the full 80 minutes. The Bloodhounds would break open the scoreboard in the early minutes of the semi-final match, John Jay’s Nadder Munassar (#13) would score in the sixth minute of the game on a shot from outside the goalie box. It wasn’t the position Brooklyn wanted to find themselves in, trailing early in a game to determine who will face the #1 seed Lehman College in the finals. The Bloodhounds would go into the halftime break up one goal although all that changed in the 65th minute when three-time Player of the Week Azizjon Ziyaev (#6) scored the game tying goal for Brooklyn. For Ziyaev the goal would be number 17 on the season, a team high for the 2017 season.
The game looked to be headed into overtime as both teams were tied up at one goal apiece, but everything went spiraling down for Brooklyn in the 78th minute. A major error by the Brooklyn defense lead to an own goal in the final two minutes of regulation. The goal would give John Jay the victory, as with two minutes remaining in regulation the Bulldogs had little time to regroup as John Jay celebrated their ticket to the finals.
The Bloodhounds outshot Brooklyn throughout the contest, 19-16, although the Bulldogs finished with a 10-8 edge in the second period where they found themselves trailing by one goal for most of the second half. BC sophomore keeper Utku Tanritanir displayed his goalie skills, coming up with key saves late in the first period when Brooklyn couldn’t afford another goal. He would finish with 11 saves for the match.
A tremendous 2017 season for Brooklyn as they finished with a 9-8-2 overall record, and a 6-2 CUNY record good enough for the third seed. Head Coach Andre could look forward to the following season with an overall young core that has the promise of reaching the CUNY finals for the next couple of seasons. For the Bulldogs they’ll say goodbye to five seniors on the roster, midfielder Jordy Ortiz (#8), midfielder Krystian Boguski (#7), captain Jean-Luc Saint-Fleur (#10), forward Teon Chaumette (#11), and midfielder Dave Henry (#21).
The CUNYAC finals will take place Nov. 4th at 2 p.m, as the top two teams in CUNY, John Jay and Lehman College, face off at the College of Staten Island. John Jay will be playing their first championship game since 2006 and will be looking to win their first championship in program history. Defending champions Lehman, on the other hand, will play in back-to-back championship games, as they look to repeat their victory.