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Sharks drop road opener at Hofstra

LIU falls to 2-2 despite two goals from Andre Puente

September 8, 2022 John Torenli, Sports Editor
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After flirting with their best start in 30 years last week, the Long Island University men’s soccer club has lost two straight games, including Wednesday night’s 3-2 defeat at Hofstra in Hempstead, N.Y.

Despite two goals from All-NEC First Team selection Andre Puente, the Sharks (2-2) dropped their road opener in front of 803 fans at Hofstra Soccer Stadium.

LIU, the reigning Northeast Conference champions and ranked third in their region by United Soccer Coaches, began the campaign with back-to-back wins to kick off a season-opening three-game homestand.

The Sharks edged Stony Brook, 1-0, in their opener while receiving their 2022 NEC Championship rings and topped Iona, 2-1, on Aug. 29.

But a 2-1 loss to Fordham on Alunmi Day in Brookville, N.Y., last Friday was followed by Wednesday’s setback to the Pride (2-2), who got two goals from Eliot Goldthrop, including one in the 70th minute that stretched the lead to 3-1.

LIU had not started a season with three straight wins since 1992.

Puente, a junior from Chihuahua, Mexico, got the Sharks within one tally by taking a cross from Joe Cerrato and depositing it into the net for his second of the game and season, leaving him one shy of his total for all of last year, when he helped LIU to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The 6-foot-1 defender had evened the contest at 1-1 in the 43rd minute before Oliver Svalander gave the Pride the lead for good in the 67th.

Sergio Peralta made three saves for the Sharks, who will try to climb back above .500 Saturday when they visit Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire.

LIU has not lost three straight since a four-game slide from Sept. 7-21, 2019.

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Jordi Hernandez’s early goal helped Brooklyn College earn a 1-1 draw vs. visiting Pratt Institute Wednesday at Brooklyn College Field. Photo courtesy of BC Athletics

In other college soccer news, the Brooklyn College men’s squad shook off an 0-2 start to the campaign by holding on for a 1-1 draw against borough rival Pratt Institute Wednesday at Brooklyn College Field.

Jordi Hernandez opened the scoring off an assist from Alexander Mishiyev in the sixth minute, but the Bulldogs (0-2-1) were knotted when Alexander Mishiyev broke through for Pratt (0-1-1) in the 46th.

Hady Bakry gave up the lone goal for BC while splitting time in the net with Dimitriy Rustamov as the Bulldogs had a 9-7 advantage in shots, but couldn’t produce their first win of the young season.

The Bulldogs will get another stab at that thus-far elusive victory Saturday when they visit St. Joseph’s Brooklyn at the Aviator Sports Complex.

The BC women dropped to 0-2 with Wednesday’s loss to St. Joseph’s at Brooklyn College Field, but will be back on the pitch Friday afternoon at Saint Elizabeth University in Morristown, N.J.

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Former Rookie of the Year Michaela Onyenwere underwent successful surgery in New York Wednesday and should be back with the Liberty next season after competing in Turkey later this year. AP Photo by Adam Hunger

In local pro sports news, the New York Liberty announced Wednesday that former WNBA Rookie of the Year Michaela Onyenwere underwent a successful left knee arthroscopy with partial lateral meniscectomy at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Gabriella Ode and Dr. Riley Williams, the Liberty’s orthopedic surgeons at Hospital for Special Surgery.

Onyenwere, who earned the first-year honor in 2021 after averaging 8.6 points and 2.9 rebounds, will begin rehabilitation immediately with the team’s performance staff over the next several weeks.

Last season, Onyenwere averaged 4.7 points per contest during the Liberty’s push to the WNBA playoffs.

She will eventually join Beşiktaş J.K. in Istanbul, Turkey, where she will finish her return to play program.


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