The Berkeley College (NJ) men's soccer team snapped the Owls winning mojo on Sunday afternoon, taking a 4-1 win with them back to New Jersey. With the victory, the Knights improved their record to 2-5 on the 2014 campaign, while UMPI dropped to 1-4-1 on the season.
Knight Kevin Ortiz got the visitors on the board in the opening session, as he received a beautiful lead pass from Bryan Costa before burying a ball past Owls netminder Caleb Bragg-Grady at the 17:59 mark to give his team a 1-0 lead. Berkeley increased their edge to two goals when Juan Faciolince notched a tally just over 12 minutes later (30:53). Anthony Feola was credited with an assist on that goal. At the half, the Knights held a 2-0 lead.
The Knights' 2-0 lead held up until the 77th minute, when UMPI's Joshua Allen scored an unassisted goal to pull the Owls to within a goal at 2-1 (76:17). The tremendous effort of Allen goal seemed to put a recharge into the Owls wings and the pace of play picked up as the Owls became noticeably more aggressive.
The re-energized Owl effort forced Berkeley to return to an aggressive approach and Berkeley forwards Kevin Ortiz and Carlos Guetierrez would notch goals for the Knights within a two minute span (Ortiz at 84:57 and Guetierrez at 86:44) to up the Knights' edge to 4-1. Berkeley wouldn't look back from there, as the Knights held on for a three-goal victory.
The Knights out-shot the Owls 33-10 on the day, while also receiving three corner kicks to UMPI's one. The Owls were whistled for six fouls on the day, while Berkeley committed five.
Despite the loss for UMPI, goaltender Caleb Bragg-Grady continued his outstanding play, making 13 saves in the losing effort.
Presque Isle travels to Maine Maritime Tuesday, before hosting Fisher College as part of 2014's Homecoming men's/women's doubleheader on Saturday, September 20. Action starts at noon with the women's game, men to follow.