No. 4 Charlotte Uses First-Half Goal for UKIT Championship
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The fourth-ranked Charlotte 49ers used a goal in the 26th minute and got a strong effort from goalkeeper Klay Davis, posting a 1-0 win over the Kentucky men's soccer team, on a pleasant Sunday afternoon in the finale of the UK Invitational Tournament at the UK Soccer Complex.
Kentucky (1-4-0) has played an extremely grueling schedule to open the 2012 season, as the Wildcats have played three top-25 foes in their first five matches. UK entered the matchup with Charlotte, the 2011 NCAA runners-up, fresh off a dominating 2-0 win over St. Joseph's in its home opener on Friday night.
UK finished second in the 2012 UKIT with the loss, as the high-octane 49ers claimed the championship, Stony Brook third place and St. Joe's fourth. UK freshman midfielder Bryan Celis - who scored his first career goal on Friday - junior defender Steven Perinovic and junior forward Tyler Riggs were selected to the UKIT All-Tournament team by the UK coaching staff.
The Wildcats dominated play through the first 20 minutes of the first half, creating several chances with good possession, including near-miss free kick chances from inside 30 yards from Matt Lodge and Kristoffer Tollefsen. Overall, UK finished with an 8-5 advantage in shots and an 8-1 lead in corner kicks.
The Wildcats used two keepers in the game, as freshman Callum Irving started, allowing the first-half goal. Junior Jack Van Arsdale took over in the second half, working the shutout second frame with one save.
Charlotte (4-0-1) got a clean sheet from Davis, who saved four shots. Gentile led the 49ers with three shots in the game, including both the Charlotte shots on goal.
The 49ers got on the board in the 26th minute, as a ball was played into the 18-yard box by Charlotte. Irving came out to grab but couldn't secure the ball, leaving the net open for Giuseppe Gentile, who finished it for his first goal of the year.
The Wildcats will return to action on Friday, traveling to face No. 18 Louisville at 7 p.m. ET. The ranked foe will mark the fourth ranked opponent in its first five games for UK.
GAME NOTES: UK used two keepers in one game for the first time in 2012 ... Dylan Murphy made his first career appearance ... UK has finished with the advantage in shots and corner kicks in four of five games ... UK is now 24-7-3 all-time in the UK Invitational Tournament ... UK freshmen Bryan Celis, junior Steven Perinovic and junior Tyler Riggs were named UKIT All-Tournament Team.
Stony Brook 2, St. Joseph's 0 -- FINAL
Stony Brook used a pair of second-half goals, including tallies from Sverre Ofstad and Antonio Crespi for a 2-0 win over St. Joseph's, on Sunday afternoon during the final day of the UK Invitational Tournament, held at the UK Soccer Complex.
Stony Brook (3-2-0) got on the board early in the 76th minute when Ofstad found the back of the net after some fancy footwork in the box and a strike to the far post to put the Sea Wolves up 1-0.
In the 87th minute, Stony Brook got their second goal of the contest when Fritz was set up by Antonio Crespi, on a ball sent in from the near-sideline into the box where Fritz finished it off with a far post strike just out of the reach of St. Joseph goalie, Andrew D'Ottavi.
Stony Brook had the advantage through the game with shots at 15-9, as well as corner kick opportunities, 5-3. St. Joesph (1-4-0) finishes the UK Invitational as a fourth-place finisher, while Stony Brook is awarded with a third-place finish.
UKIT All-Tournament Team
Rex Jennings, Charlotte
Thomas Allen, Charlotte
Aidan Kirkbride, Charlotte
Biko Brennan, Charlotte
Steven Perinovic, Kentucky
Bryan Celis, Kentucky
Tyler Riggs, Kentucky
Leonardo Fernandes, Stony Brook
Marius Krathe, Stony Brook
Andrew D'Ottavi, St. Joe's
Tim Brennan, St. Joe's