The Berkeley College New York Men’s soccer team lost a closely contested battle against The City College of New York Beavers 3-2 at Floyd Bennett Field as part of a non-conference match Monday night.
In the first half, the Knights looked to strike early posting multiple shots on the board. They would continue to attack and on the 20th minute of play freshman forward Hasan Sezar (Istanbul, Turkey), took a sliding shot in the Beavers box that went into the far side of the net for a goal to give Berkeley a 1-0 lead, assisted by fellow freshmen Clas Anton Hakansson and Ahmet Colak. Nearly two minutes later, the Beavers connected on their first goal in the 22nd minute of play that tied the game at 1-1. The Beavers would break the tie in the 34th minute of play; after a scramble in the Knights box, the ball saw the foot of Daniel Amador to give the Beavers a 2-1 lead at the half.
The Knights came out focused in the second half wasting no time and scoring in the first three minutes of play. At the 48:23 maker, Sezar tied the score at 2-2 with a strong shot from the top of the box with a defender on him that rolled swiftly into the net past the Beavers goal keeper. Both teams from then on would go back-and-forth with some great defense until an unlucky foul was called on Berkeley at the 75th minute of play on the tip of the Knight’s box. The Beavers took advantage of the close free kick as Maximilian Mena took the shot and scored the goal in the upright corner to give the Beavers the lead, 3-2. The Knights would threaten in the remaining fifteen minutes but the Beavers held on to the lead.
The Knights are now 3-8-1 on the season while remaining 3-0 in conference and now travel to Albany for a game that could determine the #1 seed for the conference postseason on Saturday at 3 P.M.