Saint Michael's Stumbles Against Regionally-Ranked Adelphi

Saint Michael's Stumbles Against Regionally-Ranked Adelphi

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's soccer team dropped its Northeast-10 Conference game to regionally-ranked Adelphi University, 6-2, on Saturday afternoon at Duffy Field. The Panthers are ranked 10th in this week's United Soccer Coaches East Region poll and have qualified for the last three NCAA tournaments.


  • Saint Michael's (1-4, 0-2 NE10), Adelphi (3-1-1, 2-0 NE10)


  • Junior Jacob von Giebel (Lambertville, N.J./South Hunterdon Regional), 1 goal
  • Sophomore AJ Whitney (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex), 1 goal (1st career)
  • Redshirt junior Gabriel Pineda (Miami, Fla./Immaculata-La Salle), career-high-tying 7 saves in 45 minutes
  • Redshirt sophomore Leland Gazo (Colchester, Vt./Rice Memorial/Bradley), career-high 10 saves in 45 minutes


  • Senior James Thristino, 1 goal, 2 assists
  • First-year Paolo Marciano, 1 goal, 1 assist
  • Junior John Aydogan, 1 goal
  • Junior Taylor Kaczynski, 1 goal
  • Junior Ofek Pinto, 1 goal
  • Sophomore Tommy Speed, 1 goal
  • Junior Matt Apicella, 2 saves


  • The Panthers are 10th in this week's United Soccer Coaches East Region poll.
  • Adelphi qualified for the past three NCAA Tournaments.


  • The Panthers got off to a quick start with Speed heading home a goal 2:17 into the game.
  • In the 14th minute, Adelphi came within inches of its second goal but Pineda made a diving stop to punch away Marciano's dangerous free kick.
  • Shortly after, Marciano put Adelphi up 2-0 with a shot into the bottom right corner at 21:08, capitalizing on a through pass from senior Stephen Megaloudis. Kaczynski tapped home another goal 2:10 later.
  • Adelphi made it 4-0 at 29:10 when Pinto slammed a header off the crossbar and in.
  • Late in the first half, the Purple Knights landed a goal of their own when first-year Kenny Cesar (Port-au-Prince, Haiti/Pope Francis) marked a cross for Whitney's head that found the back of the net in the 41st minute.
  • At 49:41, Thristino widened the margin to 5-1 with a one timer from the center of the 18-yard box.
  • In the 81st minute, first-year Miguel Diaz (Madrid, Spain/Saint Thomas Aquinas) sent an end-line cross that was deflected by a Panther defender but finished on the back side by von Giebel for his team-leading third goal of the season, drawing the hosts within three.
  • The Panthers then answered back 1:11 later with their sixth goal on a shot by Aydogan into the top right corner.


  • Wednesday at Saint Anselm College, 4 p.m.