In the second game of the afternoon double header, the men's soccer team came away with a 2-0 win against a talented and technical SUNY Delhi team. From the opening whistle, possession was controlled evenly by both teams. The Mighty Oaks scored first at the 24th minute when senior Joe Marino found the back of the net in a scrum in front of the goal off an ESF free kick.
Two minutes before the end of the first half, freshmen Joseph Kulikowski caught sophomore Jean Carlos Barrientos on a route up the right side line. Barrientos was able to maneuver in front of the Broncos' defender and blast a shot into the goal giving the Mighty Oaks a 2-0 lead at the half. Delhi came out on the attack in the second half but the strong defensive line consisting of sophomore Nick Van Bennekum and seniors Eitan Kiin and Jarrett Temple prevented any scoring chances for Delhi. Sophomore goal keeper Matt Hoppe made eight saves in the shutout win for the Mighty Oaks. It was a physical and emotional match for both teams with a total of 28 fouls called during the game, including five yellow cards against ESF and three yellow cards for the Broncos.
"Great win for the guys today against a great Delhi team. Looking forward to starting conference play this week," said Head Coach Dan Ramin.
ESF improves to 2-0 with the win and Delhi falls to 4-1. The Mighty Oaks open HVIAC conference play vs. Davis College Sept. 14.