Stingrays Prevail Over Knights
Posted by tonybiscaia on June 7, 2009
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Displaying a spirited attack and holding possession throughout, the Rhode Island Stingrays clinched two first half goals en route to their first home win of the season over the Brooklyn Knights 2-0 at Rhode Island College Soccer Field.
Ben Berube (8th minute) scored the only goal necessary, while Matt Marcin (38th) punched in another as the Stingrays earned their second win of the season.
After the opening kickoff, it appeared the Knights would put one through first when Tarik Smith launched a corner into the six that Javier Gonzalez flicked on frame before Jonathan Nydell smothered it in the fourth minute.
But minutes later, the Stingrays seized control. And it wasn’t long before they opened the account when Ben Berube sliced through the Brooklyn defense and rifled a shot through for the opening goal of the match in the seventh minute.
Riding the momentum of the early goal, the Stingrays played with a swagger unseen in recent weeks. Crisp passing and stout defending became a Stingray trademark by the half hour.
The best the Knights could muster was half-chances from corner kicks and long, hopeful shot as they struggled to find chances in the attacking third.
And while the road club searched for an answer, the home club nearly doubled its lead when Brett Utley carried it down the left flank and fed a low ball through to Ryan Kelley.
Although the ball skipped out of Kelley’s reach at the last second, it served as notice that the home club was hungry for goals.
That hunger was satisfied in the 38th minute when Ryan Maduro crossed it into the box where it met the heel of Matt Marcin, who deftly steered it through in the 38th minute.
The Knights opened the second frame with noticeable urgency desperately seeking an answer to the Stingray attack.
With Smith and Mohammad Mushriqi spearing the Brooklyn attack in the first moments of the second half, they nearly replied when Smith’s shot from the right flank whistled above the bar in the 47th minute.
At the hour, tired legs on both squads began to prevail. With the midfield in disarray, the road club, down a pair, hoped to find opportunities via the long ball and hopeful corners.
With a two-goal lead and the second half evaporating, the Stingrays resolved to drop back numbers in order to stifle the shifty Brooklyn wingers.
Despite residing in the attacking third for the final ten minutes of the match, the Knights were stymied by a vigilant Stingray defense that refused to bear down en route to the victory.
Frustrated by his club’s performance, Brooklyn manager Joe Balsami refused to see anymore, as he was sent off 86th minute for continued dissent.