Bears blank Raptors, 2-0
POTSDAM, N.Y.—The SUNY Potsdam men's soccer team (4-1) easily dispatched Bard College (0-4) 2-0 on Sunday afternoon at Maxcy Turf Field. For the second day in a row, sophomore forward Tom Benedetto and junior forward Eduardo Figueroa provided all the offense the Bears needed.
The opening few minutes featured even play with a couple of shots from the Raptors, but Potsdam quickly took over and never gave up control. The Bears' first great opportunity came in the 11th minute as Figueroa broke loose on the right side and charged toward goal on a breakaway. Bard sophomore goalkeeper Dan Gagne charged out and tripped Figueroa resulting in a yellow card. Less than a minute later Figueroa appeared to have put Potsdam on the board with a beautiful header on a cross from Benedetto, but the goal was waved off for offsides. The next few minutes saw a barrage of close shots from the Bears, but Gagne kept the ball out of the net. Potsdam also missed two empty nets. Finally, in the 32nd minute, Figueroa received a pass from sophomore forward Stephen Auyer and fired it past Gagne. The score remained 1-0 after the first 45 minutes.
The Bears never let up in the second half, outshooting the Raptors 18-1, but the offense continued to be hard to come by. Potsdam finally got some insurance in the 54th minute as Benedetto scored with a header off a cross from senior captain Alessio Vitale. The play mirrored the disallowed goal from the first half.
The Bears outshot the Raptors 33-5 on the afternoon and recorded the only 10 corner kicks of the contest. Potsdam freshman goalkeeper Nick Davies posted his first career shutout without facing a shot on goal.
The Bears have already matched their win total from last season.
Potsdam returns to action next Friday at Skidmore with a 7:30 p.m. matchup against the Thoroughbreds in the first round of the Liberty League-SUNYAC Challenge.