POUGHKEEPSIE – The Mount Saint Mary College Men’s Soccer team opened the 2021 season with a hard fought 2-1 loss on the road at Vassar on Saturday afternoon. Matt Wyant provided the scoring for the Knights with a first half penalty kick for his first tally of the year.
Saturday’s loss drops Mount Saint Mary to 0-1 on the season and marks the first season opening loss for the Knights since 2015. Saturday’s win evens Vassar’s record at 1-1 and gives it six straight wins over the Mount and a 6-0-1 record in the last seven meetings.
Wyant gave the Mount a 1-0 lead when the Knights were awarded a penalty kick at the 8:46 mark of the match. The goal is the 20th of Wyant’s career and moves him to 6-for-7 in penalties in his career.
Vassar answered with the equalizer in the 31st minute when Vassar was awarded an Own Goal to even the score at 1-1.
Vassar went without a shot before halftime after scoring at 31:03 with Peter Ramirez recording the Mount’s only attempt after the tying goal over the final 14 minutes of the half.
Vassar finished the half with a 5-3 advantage in shots and took the only corner kick prior to halftime.
The game remained tied at 1-1 until the 76th minute when Vassar converted the deciding goal playing a man-up. Duncan Keker got the goal off and assist from Derek Sando who started the play on a corner kick.
Mount Saint Mary was outshot in the second half 9-0.
The Knights played a man-down the final 14 minutes of the contest.
For The Knights
Wyant converted the sixth penalty of his career and was one of three different players with a shot in the game.
David Giraldo and Ramirez finished with the other attempts for the Knights.
Zach Decker made four saves in goal for the Mount in his first appearance for the program.
For The Brewers
Keker was the only Vassar player credited with a goal in the game with Sando picking up the assist on the game winning goal.
Teddy Borgos led the team with three shots, including two shots on goal.
Eric Wnorowski was forced to make just one save in goal in earning the win.
Vassar finished with a 14-3 advantage in overall shots and a 6-2 edge in shots on goal.
The Brewers took four of the five corner kicks awarded in the game.
Fouls in the match were whistled 20-17 against the Knights.