Sophomore Ben Schreiber (Hilton, NY/Hilton) scored his second goal in three games to pull the Keuka College men's soccer team within one late in Saturday's North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) opener against rival SUNYIT, but the Storm couldn't net the equalizer and suffered a 3-1 loss Saturday afternoon at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex.
The Storm (2-1, 0-1 NEAC) spotted SUNYIT (3-0-1, 1-0) a two-goal lead as the Wildcats scored off a rebound in the 20th minute and tacked on a second goal on a one-touch shot to the near post in the 27th minute.
Down to their last gasp, freshman Leandro Curran (New York, NY/Westlake) slotted a pass to Schreiber, who pushed his shot into the near corner of the goal with 11:53 remaining.
But despite possessing the ball for a greater portion of time down the stretch, the Green and Gold couldn't come up with the tying goal and SUNYIT tacked on an insurance goal on Diego Montaleza's blast from 30 yards out with 48 seconds remaining.
SUNYIT had a great scoring opportunity just 2:30 into the contest, when a player was taken down in the box. Malick Faye took the penalty shot, but his effort sailed high over the goal.
Kurreem Williams put IT up 1-0 in the 20th minute. Following a direct kick that glanced off the crossbar, Williams collected the miss and scored into the near corner of the goal.
Junior Austin Gerber (Churchville, NY/Churchville-Chili) had a nice look on goal with 19:05 left in the opening half, but his header was saved by Faye.
Trailing 2-0 at halftime, the Storm did a better job of attacking in the second half, outshooting IT 9-4 while enjoying a 5-1 edge in corner kicks.
Off a Curran corner kick with 17:15 remaining, sophomore Matt Hey (Rushville, NY/Marcus Whitman) raced under the kick and got his head on the ball, but his shot towards the near post was corralled by Fate.
Freshman Paulin Kolodja (Rochester, NY/Aquinas) had a pair of good header shots, but his effort with 6:58 remaining trickled wide of net and his shot with 3:13 left went over the net as Keuka fell for the first time in 2013.
Sophomore Preston Vick (Kendall, NY/Kendall) made six saves in the loss.
Keuka welcomes Alfred State to campus for a non-conference clash at 7 p.m. Wednesday night.