ONEONTA, NY – Freshman forward Jordan Jowers scored the game-winning goal for the Peacock in the 65' leading to a 1-0 victory for men's soccer over Hartwick on Friday night.
"It was a great effort by the players tonight," said head coach Julian Richens. "We are happy to get a clean sheet on the road. Our second half performance was pleasing from an attacking point of view as we had the chances to go on and score a second to put the game away. Jordan had a class finish from a great pass from Steven as we were breaking on the counter from a defensive throw in. Jordan has looked lively so far and has brought some real quality to the team as have our incoming freshman."
The first half did not see a goal, but the Peacocks attack was in full force as the squad outshot the Hawks 7-5 in the first half. Rodrigo DaSilva got things going for the Peacocks, getting a header off within the opening minute that was saved by Hartwick keeper Lenny Wilson. Peacock keeper Robbie Anderson faced three shots on goal and saved all three, keeping the sheet clean, while Wilson made four saves in the first 45 minutes.
In the second half, the Peacock attach picked up as the Peacocks got shots by Dominic Laws and Jowers less than two minutes into the half. In the 65' Hartwick had a corner kick that the Peacocks countered, allowing Steven Parry to send a dime to Jowers who scored low to the keeper's right side. Jowers' goal was the second on the season for him and proved to be the game-winner.
Jowers leads the Peacocks on the season with both of the team's goal so far. The freshman had a team best three shots with one on goal in the match. Gabrielle Bandelli followed with two shots and one on goal, while Parry added the game-winning assist.
Starting goalkeeper, Anderson, was awarded his first career shutout. He kept a clean slate, stopping all four goals that he faced in the 90 minutes of action. Hartwick goalie Wilson made five saves, but earned a loss after surrendering the goal.
"We have a quick turnaround to our next game so we will enjoy the win and focus turns to Sunday's game," added Richens.
The Peacocks record improves to 1-0-1 on the season. Men's soccer is back in action on Sunday, September 3, when the team host St. Francis Brooklyn at 2:00pm.