Head Games: Jays Defeat Maritime

Dianko and Ormaeche Lead Men's Soccer to Win

THROGS NECK, NY -  Freshmen Giovanni Ormaeche (Ramsey, NJ) scored on a diving header in the first half and sophomore Mamadou Dianko (Dakar, Senegal) flicked in a goal with his head in the second half as NYU-Poly defeated Maritime College 2-0 in Skyline Conference action Saturday night along the waters of the Long Island Sound. With the win the Jays improve to 2-1 in the Skyline, while Maritime fell for the first time, dropping to 3-1.

The Jays would get on the board in the 21st minute when freshmen Marcelo Escudero's (Maywood, NJ) corner found Ormaeche on the back post.  Ormaeche laid himself out, diving head first and snapping a header into the back of the net.  NYU-Poly would end the half on the defensive, surviving two dangerous situations on a Maritime free kick and corner kick.  Both attempts skipped through the six untouched, but just out of reach of Privateer players. The Jays outshot Maritime 4-3 in the half.

The second half saw NYU-Poly open up the Privateer defense as the Jays outside mids attacked down the flanks creating numerous chances. Sophomore Allen Rohr (Northridge, CA) appeared to put the Jays up 2-0 but he was called for offsides inside the box. In the 57th minute, NYU-Poly received a free kick from 40 yards out. Junior defender Joe Gabor (Warwick, NY) sent in a ball towards the back post where Dianko, with his back to the goal, flicked the pass just out of reach of Privateer keeper Michael Vanadia.

Maritime outshot the Jays for the match 13-11, but NYU-Poly led 7-6 in shot on goal. The Privateers edged the Jays 6-4 in corners. Freshmen Rishi Sarkar (Cherry Hill, NJ) made his first career start for NYU-Poly, making six saves in his first shutout.

NYU-Poly will travel to St. Joseph's (LI) on Tuesday for a 7:00pm contest at the Diamond in the Pines in Coram.