Late goal propels men’s soccer to third at St. Joseph’s Tournament

PATCHOGUE, N.Y.-Sophomore Lukas Benedetto scored with just one minute to play in the consolation round of the St. Joseph's (L.I.) Tournament to lift the Coast Guard men's soccer team to a 1-0 win over host St. Joseph's in Patchogue, N.Y. on Sunday afternoon. With the win Coast Guard stays unbeaten and improves to 2-0-1 on the season while St. Joseph's (L.I.) drops to 0-5-0.

After outplaying the Golden Eagles throughout the day, Coast Guard finally made the most of one of their opportunities when Benedetto was able to beat sophomore goalkeeper Niko Petratos for the game-winner in the 90th minute.

The unassisted goal was the first of the season and came on the sixth shot of the game for Benedetto, who led all Coast Guard players in that category. Sophomore Richard Davies and senior Robert Copeland recorded four and three shots, respectively.

The first half saw a scoreless game played but it was not one without chances. The Bears managed 11 shots on Petratos while St. Joseph's managed two on junior Richie Burns who made a pair of saves in the opening stanza. Coast Guard also mustered seven corner kicks against just one for the Golden Eagles.

The Bears also appeared more physical via the discipline report, committing 14 fouls in the match and drawing two cards (both yellow) while St. Joseph's was only whistled for six fouls.

For the game, Coast Guard out-shot St. Joseph's 24-6 and held a 9-1 edge in corner kicks. Burns recorded three saves on the afternoon for the Bears, while Petratos tallied 12 for St. Joseph's.

With the victory Burns recorded his second shutout in three games as he improved his record to 2-0-1 in the early going of the season.

With a 0.45 goals against average over the weekend, Richie Burns was named to the All-Tournament Team at the 2013 Gary Smith Invitational.

The Bears return to action on Saturday, September 14th when they travel to take on arch-rival Merchant Marine at 11:00 am.

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