Posted on 10/9/19
By, Jamie Malloy – Staff Writer
On Monday, Oct. 7, the Saint John Fisher Cardinals Men’s Soccer team hosted the Alfred State Pioneers at Growney Stadium in Pittsford New York. Fisher entered the game 1-8-1 after playing to a 0-0 draw against the Houghton Highlanders at Houghton College on Saturday, Oct.5. The visiting Pioneers came in at 0-9-0 after losing to the La Roche Redhawks 1-0 on Saturday, Oct. 5.
The game was scoreless throughout most of it, but right from the start, Fisher dominated most of the play.
The Cardinals were on the attack throughout a majority of the first half, but could not bury the opportunities when they had them. They out-shot the Pioneers 7-3, while controlling the play in Alfred-State territory.
Both teams entered the half tied 0-0, and needed to make adjustments for the second half.
Fisher’s interim head coach Justin Ferron knew his team had some great chances early on, but told the guys at halftime that they would break through if they kept playing hard. He also told them to keep up their effort, and keep attacking towards the net. This time, it paid off.
“We just didn’t bury our chances in the first half,” Ferron said, “we played the same way against Houghton last Saturday, and ended up tying them 0-0 but tonight, we were lucky that we had a penalty kick chance in OT and won.”
Beginning the second half, the Cardinals dominated play again, but they still could not find a way to get on the board. Outshooting Alfred State by a total of 21-13, their best chance was late in the game when a free kick just went wide of the net, and the game went into the first overtime 0-0.
The Cardinals knew they had a chance to end it in regulation, but they kept their cool and were ready for the first overtime period. And that’s when it started to happen.
In the first few minutes of overtime, both Fisher and Alfred State had its shot to ice the game with a golden goal. Finally, with 1:57 left, the Pioneer goalkeeper was called for a foul on Fisher’s Brennan Brown inside the 16-yard box, which resulted in a penalty kick.
Brown was successful from the penalty spot, slotting it past the goalkeeper for a 1-0 victory over the Pioneers.
Ferron was relieved that the team finally came out on top, and praised the guys for their fantastic effort. He referred back to what he told the team at halftime, and stated that the right look came at the right time, with the other team conceding the game winning penalty early on in the overtime period. For him, this was the confidence booster the team needed for their next opponent, Sage.
“Very proud of the guys tonight,” he said. “We’ve battled adversity throughout the beginning of the season, and even in the last game against Houghton, and now we have to stay focused because it will be hard to beat Sage after a long bus trip to Detroit.”
For Ferron, it was his second career win as interim head coach for the Cardinals. With more strong performances such as this one as the season progresses, Ferron is making a solid case for the permanent head coaching position next season.
With the win, the Cardinals improve to 2-8-1 overall, and will now take the long bus trip to Detroit, Michigan where they will meet up with Empire 8 foe, The Sage Colleges of Michigan, on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 2:00 p.m.
With the loss, the Pioneers remain winless on the year at 0-10-1, but still have a chance at their first win when they take on the Pitt. Bradford Panthers at Bradford on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 2:00 p.m.