Purchase, N.Y. – The Clippers men's soccer team battled Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) foe Nyack College at SUNY Purchase on Tuesday afternoon. Concordia would overcome a halftime deficit to win their second straight match, 3-2, in a close battle.
The Clippers would take a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute as sophomore Jesus Alvarez-Riesco (La Coruna, Spain) passed the ball from midfield to junior Victor Ruiz (Gijon, Spain) up the right side of the field. Ruiz then dribbled his way into the box and crossed the ball in front of the goal as sophomore Jonathan Short (Tottenham, Canada) took a one-timer that found the back of the net for his third goal of the year.
The Warriors would tie the game in the 21st minute as a turnover led to a shot at the top of the box. Nyack added their second goal of the half ten minutes later as a hard push by the Warriors' offense led to a cross into the box and a shot that found the back of the net. Concordia would trail in shots taken in the half (8-5) and corner kick opportunities (4-1).
In the second half the Clippers tied the score at 2-2 in the 56th minute of play. Concordia had a penalty kick opportunity which was saved by Nyack's goalkeeper. The rebound came right to senior Mario Fantozzi (Naples, Italy) and he ripped a shot towards the left side of the goal for his first goal of the season.
The game-winning goal for the Clippers came off a shot by Ruiz in the 80th minute. Junior Douglas Cambridge (Robbinsville, N.J.) dribbled through the Warriors' defense and led a pass to Ruiz on the left side for a shot that grazed the keeper's hands for his second goal this year.
Goalkeeper Ruel Gordon (Savanna La Mar, Westmoreland, Jamaica) recorded 10 saves in the victory for Concordia as Nyack would hold the edge in shots, 20-14. Gordon now has a total of 61 saves this year in only eight contests.
The Clippers (4-6-1, 2-4-1 CACC) will be on the road for their next match on Saturday afternoon. Concordia will visit Wilmington (Del.) for a CACC match at the WU Athletic Complex. Kickoff is set for 2:30pm following the women's game.